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The guys from SODASTREAM have gotten through to Buzz to let us know they have an album launch on
Friday 24 Feb
Northcote Social Club
301 High Street Northcote
Pre-sale tickets on sale now : $25 + BF
via venue website
Supports : Ben Mason + TBC
Doors open : 8.30pm
A Buzz Magazine “Retrospective” to Feb 2004
Kath from Kathematics was online about their forthcoming release happening in February. Around the Melbourne Music Scene for seeming ages, Kath (formerly KTV, formerly XXXX) was enthusiastic about the forthcoming new single.
And with the need for a new guitarist satisfied (Matt having joined the band), the CD will finally be released.
It has been a long road for Kath. The decision was a difficult one. Finding a new member for a band is not always an easy task. ‘There are always egos in music and there is always some-one not getting on with someone else. To find the right sort of personality to fit within the band can take a while. We wanted to get it right this time.’
‘You also have to find the people that can compromise. Otherwise you’re not getting anything out of the band.’
‘Our music is more mature now. I went through the phase of writing punk songs, but now they are a bit more refined. I went through the punk phase. People now say I have a really good voice. I guess all those years of performing have given me the voice I have now.’
There are six tracks on the release (Kath still calls it a single). Recorded at Indent music in Brunswick, with the aid of Producer ‘Clint’, Melbourne act Red Circle, the release was carefully polished up. ‘It really has a radio friendly sound,’ says Kath. ‘It’s the best thing I have ever recorded. Really. He’s (Clint) really enthusiastic. It was great working worth him. It’s not really commerical, nor is it really alternative. It’s somewhere in the middle. It’s alternative pop I suppose.’
I liked the track You Look Like Alison Hannigan. Which means we know something about Kath already. She is a big ‘Buffy:The Vampire The Slayer fan.’
‘It’s just a novelty song I suppose.’
Why did you chose that particular actor? Out of American Pie or just because she is a virtual “Willow” wherever she acts?
If you know Kath you might think of another path. Being a songwriter Kathy is in love with words. ‘I really wanted to write a song with her name in it. Alison’s name is a rhyme itself. It always interested me to see if I could fit her name around d a song. It was a challenge I set myself and it worked. ‘The song isn ‘t about her but about someone who looks like her.’
Kath’s favourite song would be Wet Blanket, which will feature a video clip for the forthcoming release. Is this song about a friend who is a ‘wet blanket?’
‘No it’s about someone treating someone else really badly.’
‘The last song on the single Fun and Games is about. That’s for my brother. It is a really personal thing.’
Being an independent act the Cd was self this was financed ‘with great difficulty.’
‘I had been saving money for a long time from my job. A couple of the other guys put in a fair deal of money as well. ‘I had to have the money to do the video and a bit of promotion. It c osts a fortune to do something like this but that is what it is all about.’
What drives you to do this? To work so hard, yet make something that does not financially reflect the enormous effort that goes into it?
‘I guess it’s the creative urge. I find that writing songs is an outlet for my emotions. I know that I am not going to be doing it forever and that if I don’t ‘make it’ in the next few years I will fall back on a journalism degree that I have been working on. (Kath has written a couple of articles for Buzz in the past.)
I don’t think I would be able to exist in a nine to five normal job anyway. I’m not the person to do the same thing every day.
I know I have spent a hell of a lot of money for little return and that is an enormous sacrifice.’
The other members of Kathematics all have jobs to survive. The drummer works full time at Mortgage Underwriters in Melbourne, the other two guys work a bit of part time here and there.
Kathematics are planning a tour of Adelaide
As the world’s first “rock star” there was no one to tell Elvis what to expect, no one who could help him, guide him, or advise him. On the outside he was full of charm, sex appeal, confident on stage and gifted in the recording studio. He had it all. With his voice and style influencing generations of musicians, he should have been able to sing any song that he liked, to star in any film he was offered and to tour in any country he choose. But he wasn’t.
The circumstances of his poor beginnings in the American south, lack of education left Elvis with a life long vulnerability. His teaming up with ‘Colonel’ Tom Parker, was a disaster and he lost control over his own life. The book covers all, in an easy to read and informative stye.
‘Being Elvis was published on the 40th Anniversary of his death. It is an easy read and fills in the details, especially around his relationship with his mother,drug addiction, the Memphis Mafia, time in the army, movies, and his wife (ex) Priscilla.
Muhammad Ali put it best: “I felt sorry for him…he didn’t enjoy life. He stayed indoors all the time. I told him he should go out there and see people. He said he couldn’t because everywhere he went, they mobbed him.”
The Aurora virus is a world wide virus that breaks out in the world like some fairytale enchantment. It seals the women inside fibrous cocoons and leaves the men seriously disturbed. There are riots outside the White House; an apocalyptic gang war in the streets of Chicago. Meanwhile, in Dooling, West Virginia, the battle of the sexes boils down to a joust between Clinton Norcross, a harried prison psychiatrist, and Evie Black, a supernatural girl drifter, jailed for the violent and oversized murder of a pair of crystal meth cookers. The clock is ticking, things aren’t looking good.
While the entertaining Sleeping Beauties – written by Stephen King togetherwith his son, Owen – doesn’t quite last for ever, but it does extend to 736 pages. It’s a bulging storyline; filled with supporting characters.
The women of the world are sleeping but they must not be disturbed. Tear off the cocoon (or even prick it) and the females awaken as zombies and immediately start murdering their husbands and sons…whatever . Evie – whom the Kings refer to as “the black angel” – clearly regards this response as a kind of payback.
Clinton is struggling to save his marriage and watching as his sheriff wife, Lila, doses herself with caffeine and cocaine in a vain attempt to stay awake. Then, when Lila goes under, her post is filled by Frank Geary, a former pest-control officer with a hair-trigger temper. Geary is determined to save his daughter and rightly believes Evie Black is the key. And yet Evie, for all her prominence, remains the vaguest, least fleshed-out member of Dooling’s cast of hundreds. She is a plot device in the guise of an “enchanted being” written in to dispense the clues. Even the forest fox who trots his furry self through the storyline has more emotional range. (Not sure of his role.
At times I found it to be a cumbersome read, I had to make notes of characters and even felt it could have been cut down. Was it padded out? I felt so.
Sydney three piece, teen pop sensations were online about their recent release, an Ep titled ‘Day In Day Out.’ The guys have been around for a while first coming to our attention with a performance of Taylor Swift’s “Style” on X factor auditions. They haven’t looked back since then.
What attracted you to the style of music for the forthcoming Ep?
It’s a combination of things, the three of us having been doing music for quite a while now. We came together with the three different musical influences, we wanted to make music that would be entertaining for any age group. We wanted to make music that was uplifting, music that was crafted. We wanted to make people want to dance, make people want to laugh. I think we’ve done that with the latest Ep, ” says Chris. ‘Each song has its own kind of vibe and meaning to it.’
I wanted to look at the Ep, being so young (average age is 16), how much creative control did the guys maintain through the release?
“It was almost 100% our creative direction,” says Ethan. “Every single song was held together by a very valid strength to why we wanted that track included on the release. In this release were were very instrumental in the whole creative process.”
So were you able to maintain this creative flow once you were in the studio, working with different producers?
“We were working with some very cool producers, who we had connected with on different levels over the past couple of years. We were in control and we were really working together. They really understood who we were and what we wanted. We had really good working relationships with them. Creative control wasn’t an issue because we all get along very well, and the producers we worked with understood what we wanted.’
I remembered talking with silverchair when they started back in 1993 and the issues they had as a young band starting out. Was it hard with In Stereo?
“Some people were going to like us, some people weren’t going to like us. We’re doing music and that’s what we love to do. It makes us happy expressing what we like. We could write a book about our lives, but we like to write things that make people happy.”
This was the second time the guys had spoken about making people happy in their music. Did they also like to make people think about issues in their music?
“There are a couple of emotional ballads and we wanted to get people thinking about life and about love and relationships and other people around you,’ says Chris.
“We’re still and we’re still growing as well, we want our music to develop and grow with us. Lyrically you can see the jump from our previous Ep, to this Ep. We have matured a lot and moved to a deeper level with the songs. We like to entertain and engage people more. This is where this new release really moves.”
Have crowd favorites (or Youtube favorites) influenced you in the order in which you are going ro release your songs?
“It does have an influence, especially with this project. It is what we always wanted to do and it was the way we wanted to do it, that made it such a special project for us,” says Chris.
“We spent a lot of time working on this release, compared to the other two projects,” explains Chris. “This time it was a solid six to eight months of working on the project. We had plenty of time to think on how we wanted to go about it, were the songs were sounding right? Re-working some things we weren’t happy with.”
In the writing process, do you find you have bits of paper everywhere, or do you hit your phone every time a new idea that might be worth while for a release comes into your head?
“Sometimes we will bring a notebook, or on our phones or on our laptops. All of us would have hundreds of voice recordings, music riffs, whatever on our phones we bring into rehearsal. Sometimes we might come into a rehearsal and the producers might say to us “We got this great idea for a chord progression, what do you guys think?”
“We say “oh yeah, that’s going to work, or not.” It’s a very collaborative process between us all.”
I ventured a guess that the opener “Bad For Me,” was going to be the crowd favorite, what did the guys think of my choice?
“That was the one we chose to release as the first single off the Ep. It’s doing pretty well.”
Do their parents have a favorite track?
The guys from In Stereo agree they have very supportive parents, but I wasn’t able to get a clear picture of who supported what? But they did reveal there was no full size posters of the boys behind doors or above the dining room mantle. No awards sitting gathering dust on the mantel.
So did the guys have tracks they wished their parents wouldn’t play?
“All of them, ” they chorused.
“The release is an Ep that appeals to everyone,” explains Chris. “There’s the ballads, the anthems, every song is different, I guess that’s why our parents haven’t really named any track in particular.”
It’s an Ep for all ages?
“Yeah, that’s what we have been aiming for.”
The guys from In Stereo have a pretty crazy Youtube channel, that features music, dares and random thoughts.
“We really like to connect with our audience. It’s a great way to show our personalities and our music,’ says Chris.
You can also connect on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest In Stereo stuff.
Mother’s Day 2016 is looming and with it comes all the hype about “How Best to Treat Your Mother.” After all mothers have treated you the best haven’t they? You could treat your mum to a weekend away, take her out for a lovely meal or even surprise her something a little more special such as a canvas print from Photobox. To celebrate this special day Buzz Mag has decided to take a long look at Movies/TV Shows you could watch with mum. Just be glad you haven’t got some of these mothers?
1. The Goonies. (1985)
Hats off to Anne Ramsay who plays Mama Fratelli, mother to Sloth, Jake and Francis. Sure, she’s a rough diamond, but she does care about Jake and Francis (and Sloth), urging them on to achieve the better things in life (like diamonds, jewels and “neat stuff”.) Without her they would still be fighting under that derelict house. Who else could have driven the get away car with such skill? Those bozos would have been caught with their fingers burned, in the first five minutes of the movie. In fact without Mama Fratelli, there would have been no “Goonies.”
2 Home Alone (1990)
My vote goes to Catherine O’Hara playing Kevin’s mum Heather McAllistair. With all those kids, including the bratty Kevin, she does her best in a difficult situation. Haven’t we all faced a crisis moment in airports? It’s her sheer determination that creates one of the more enjoyable moments in the film when she is stuck with John Candy (Gus Polinski) and his Polka Band in trying to get back home. Mother’s can identify with this sort of determination.
3 Mrs Doubtfire (1993)
I am sure that they dragged Robin Williams “Granny” character out of the imagination of so many people. Would we all want a Grandma like this? That soft lilting Irish accent, the well padded, cuddly, security “blankie” type grandma.
4 The Addams Family TV Series (1964)
Mortica Addams portrayed by Carolyn Jones had many a 60’s teen wishing he too could be part of the Addams family. Cool headed to hot headed Gomez, unflappable in a crisis, able to deal with small children (Wednesday and Pugsley) and ’looney’ Uncle Fester, plus that classic cool unfazed expression and a belief in humanity that really wasn’t deserved.
5 The Munsters (1964)
Come on, haven’t you been Herman Munster?” This 60’s comic TV classic, was a cooky copy of The Addams Family, and you just had to love them. Lily Minster (Yvonne De Carlo) presided over Herman an accident prone Frankenstein look-a-like, Grandpa Dracula, and kids Eddie (Wolfman) and Marilyn (the unfortunate good-looking blonde). Lily and the Munster clan were incredibly middle class normal people whose suburban lifestyle was constantly interrupted by a wild assortment of ‘weirdos.’ Lily was unflappable as Herman and Grandpa lurched from one catastrophe to the next.
6 Forest Gump (1994)
Sally Field played “Mrs Gump,” whose death scene brought a “choking feeling” to the old heart strings. You get the feeling that Forrest would not have amounted to anything without the love and devotion that “Mrs Gump” brought to the upbringing of Forrest in his life prior to the storyline. Not a major role, but if you think about, Forrest Gump as a movie would not have been made without her pivotal role in raising young Gump to the movie.
7 Miracle of 34th Street (1947)
Maureen O’Hara as Doris Walker features with a young Natalie Wood (Susan Walker) in this 1947 Christmas Classic. That’s right Christmas and Mothers seem to be a nice combination in this classic comedy about a man who believes he is Santa Claus. Maureen O’Hara is the mother with the disbelieving little girl, whois actually won over to the idea, a new beau in her life and changed little girl who eblieves (rightly so) in Santa Claus. She could have called the cops, got Santa thrown in jail and kicked out the beau Fred, but she didn’t, so she makes my list of worthwhile screen mothers
8 Cheaper By The Dozen (1950)
This 1950 feature about a family with a dozen children and an eccentric father was made into a modern awful remake we won’t mention. But have a look at this classic for a mother who held it together and raised 12 children and overcame tragedy to make a life for herself. Inspirational stuff, plus I like Clifton Webb and I like Myrna Loy more.
9. Gypsy (1964)
Rose Hovick is the mum behind Stripper Gyspy Rose Lee in this 1962 version of the Broadway musicl. You feel the need to burst out in song with “Let Me Entertain You” or just a switch from the dramatic nature of too many mother movies. Of course Natalie Wood my favourite 60’s female lead plays the role of Stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and Rosalind Russell her dominating mother. Just for comparison but more of a sub-catergory in a more comic performance check out “Bye Bye Birdie” and the role of Dick Van Dyke As Albert and his mother Mamma Mae Peterson. Both mothers are sadly all too real.
10 Game of Thrones (2014)
Take your pick, which mother is the one least likely to get a rose on Mother’s Day? I think I will go forDaenerys Targaryven as she has the title of “Mother of Dragons,” and has potentially the chance of being a gamer change and aren’t most mothers game changers? Would you cross your mother?
John Connolly was hte first non American writer to win the US Shamus Award and the first Irish writer to win the Edgar Award. This is the 14th book in the series that sees the Hardened Private Investigator facibg down a strange isolated Appalachian mountain community called “The Cut” and a nameless evil they protect.
The novel gets going when Charlie Parker When he’s approached by Jerome Burnel, who just got out of prison, he doesn’t know what to think of the soft spoken man. At first. Jerome was a hero before he went to jail. He shot and killed two thieves during a convenience store robbery, putting himself in grave danger. Soon after the shooting, however, the authorities were alerted to child pornography found in his house and on his computer, and off to jail he went. He claims he’s innocent though, and Parker believes him. He also claims that his life is in danger from those that he claims set him up and asks Parker for help in bringing them down. This investigation will lead him to an insular and murderous West Virginia community called “The Cut.”
Supported by the swift and purposeful Louis and Angel, the luckless and sad Jerome meets a sad end, while only these three figures plus a determined Sherriff’s deputy are able to bring Oberon and his treacherous sidekicks in “The Cut” to justice of the flaming and deadly variety.
The Cut is a terrifying place, and just when you think they’ve exceeded the bounds of criminality, it’s obvious that they are truly beyond the pale, and repulsive is too nice of a descriptive. Fans of the series will not be disappointed, anew fans will find much to love in Connolly’s incredible talent for creating creeping, atmospheric dread.
“A Time Of Torment” is a good read, staying within sensible boundaries with characters that are as believable in the real world as your next door neighbour.
– 4 stars
Patriots Day is the well-meaning that’s for sure. But in a sense is heralds in a new era of American movies that will no doubt be introspective and self indulgent. Maybe they will have to invent a new rating AO (Americans Onlyt).
Strangely it truly believes itself to be a kind of finest-hour prestige effort about everyday heroism. It’s a stylized and wello meaning attempt to recreate the Boston bombings.. But one can’t help but think about the intent of this movie. What is Peter Berg’s game here? An action flick as public tribute?
The history of the Boston Bombings is recent, but the world has moved on to fresh and greater terrors. The brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev each left backpacks at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, intended to harm and kill as many people as possible. For several days, the city of Boston went through lockdown and panic in the search for the Tsarnaevs, before Tamerlan was killed in a firefight and Dzhokhar was found and apprehended in the back of a boat in Watertown.
In re-enacting the bombing, Berg re-stages the event in an authentic digital manner that’s both impressive and uncomfortably anxious. He pulls punches, sparing the viewer from the most graphic violence, and yet creates a shock effect that works through other means: quick shots of panic and terror, hallucinatory debris, cuts faster than gunfire. It’s well managed visually.
After the blast, the film begins to resemble Zero Dark Thirty at whiplash speed, chasing the Tsarnaevs (Alex Wolff as Dzhokhar and Themo Melikidze as Tamerlan) through every corner of Boston. The FBI, local police, and government powers of Boston work together to capture them.
Patriots Day loves its imaginary hero Tommy, and Wahlberg gets almost as much screen time as the rest of the film’s cast. If the film is a celebration of a city coming together in the face of true terror, then Saunders as an easy, unrealistic through-line to get big parts of the story together seems cheap. He’s on the radio giving orders at the blast. He’s the one telling officers to collect phones and triaging medics. He suggests interviews with witnesses and everyone listens. He recreates the Tsarnaevs’ walking paths in his head for the FBI. As a person, he checks of all the requisite Boston clichés, calling patrolmen “chowder heads,” organizing his Red Sox cards, dragging low vowels.
And the locals all fight back in different ways. Meng was kidnapped by the Tsarnaevs for his car, and Berg manages to take the truth of Meng’s escape and turn it into a taut sequence with a satisfying last laugh. Pugliese tackled Tamerlan in the shootout on Laurel St., but Berg shrewdly avoids making him over the top by developing Simmons as an average guy who smokes and tells jokes.
Patriots Day is a fence sitter between exploitation and tribute. The star power is uncertain, and the action fierce, but Berg means well and likes the people in his recount.
For me Schitt’s Creek is a sort of “Adam’s Family,” or maybe”The Munsters.” Filled with loveable, extremely strange people, completely out of odds with the world, unable to see themselves as others might see them. But deep down there is a sense of kindness and redemption that is their story.
The series is over, it swept the Emmys this year. I was completely unaware of this massive gold nugget until the Emmy’s so I started watching. I haven’t stopped.
Set in the very fictional town of Schitt’s Creek, the multi million dollar empire of the Rose family has collapsed and they are allowed to keep the one thing no one wants, the town of Schitt’s Creek, bought in some heady by Johnny Ros(now disgraced multi millionaire) moment of ignorance.
Populated by the oddest collection of people, that no doubt the casting crew had to really search for. Schitt’s Creek for all that strange collection is a kind town, filled with good natured people. Gay, Straight or bi, every one gets along with each other in a more or less ordered fashion.
But Schitt’s Creek starts with some pretty mean people, or at least people who start mean. The Roses of Los Angeles (or somewhere?) are selfish and manipulative and over-pampered. But Schitt’s Creek is not some sour comedy series about people behaving badly.
The Roses can be awful, ignorant, almost cruel but they also grow from their mistakes. They experience and express contrition. It’s a show about how to care, how to relate and how to bridge that awful social divide. There is a werid out of place logic that seems to apply in this place.
The Rose family is filled with the most insane, silly people. Take Johnny Rose, father of the family. David’s out of place self interest, his attempts to keep his family inline, his love for Moira Rose and how he has to sidestep her outlandish approaches to life, together with the fact he has trouble mixing with others.
Then there is David Rose, never having ridden a bycyle, or really driven a car, fashion obsessed and completely our of place in Schitt’s Creek, it is a delight to see him embrassed, frought and befuddled by the family. The honesty of his sexuality and how it as a part of him and some of the ridiculous outfits, make him in the end as much loved character.
The same goes for Annie Murphy’s Alexis, David’s self obsessed and self-interested sister, who has not lost any of her precocious ways. How those boyfriends stay around? Mutt and the beard episode, or the strange relationship with the Vet. Who is strange himself.
And then there’s Catherine O’Hara playing faded and loopy ex soap star from Sunrise Bay. Moira with has a bulldozer full of front end comedy straight out of some Mel Brooks film.
Her voice alone, is enough to set he apart in comedic history. Its a wonderful performance and you are never sure what the next line, or the next situation is going to present. The town Council scenes where she applies the theatre opening night are comedic genius.
It is all supplemented beautifully, garishly by a collection of hideously ornate costumes and wild wigs. Moira Rose is one of my favorite female television characters of all time, beating Morticia Adams to the vote.
I have come to Schitt’s Creek late. It’s over. Finished. But this Canadian series is something I think the Americans could no longer make. Gentle, sweet, funny, its scene after scene of copmic brilliance within each episode.