Hey Geronimo – Crashing into the Sun Review

By Rhys Prka

Hey Geronimo are an Australian five piece band from Brisbane and  their debut album is ‘Crashing Into The Sun’, an interesting endeavour that shows a lot of promise.

The band has been around for a while, dropping two EPs since 2012, but they have been quiet for a few years and it shows in the music as a few of the tracks are from different parts of their career and it can sometimes be quite jarring as they change styles. The song ‘Carbon Affair’ is from 2012 and is on this album and the song ‘Lazer Gun Show’ is from 2013. For fans, I can only imagine this is disappointing. When you are hearing old songs on a debut album it must be saddening because, instead of some new material, you get to hear the same song you have been listening to for the past 3 years. This project seems dotted with these older tracks and they stand out.

It seems that Hey Geronimo couldn’t decide on a direction to take the band. Sometimes they go the pop direction like on ‘The Girl Who Likes Me’, and then a rock direction on ‘Boredom’. I don’t understand what they want me to take from this. Perhaps that they can play different genres? Don’t get me wrong, they are perfectly capable of writing good songs in every genre they touch. I personally would have enjoyed the album more if they stayed in one direction; it seems that over the years they have lost direction and an overall sound. For some however this might keep the album fresh and interesting.

These guys know how to write songs however and the album has obviously been taking care of very nicely. The production and mixing is perfect, all the instruments layer correctly and nothing sounds too jarring and it really helps when listening to the album when you get that clean crisp sound. 

Another thing that helps is that the band has multiple singers. It took me a while to pick out their unique voices but the album became a lot more interesting and enjoyable when I did. This obviously keeps the album fresh and more enjoyable as you are able to hear multiple voices all over the tracks. They are quite talented songwriters as well. The hooks are catchy and pretty infectious, the guitars are explosive when they need to be, and the drums add a certain richness to every song. The songs also seem to have a retro 60’s, ‘beachy’ tone, evident on the album cover. It feels like this album should be played on the beach during a hot summer’s day.

Overall, this album shows a lot of promise and definitely has a lot of catchy tracks on it. I just hope that their next project has a more unified sound.

FAVOURITE TRACKS: Boredom, Final

RATING: 6.5/10

RELEASE DATE: July 1st

Review – Six Characters in Search of an Author

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In the play, Six Characters in Search of An Author,  it’s impossible to discern where illusion began and reality ended on stage. Only a few questions were answered and many still remain…Were they actors or characters? Does reality truly exist? Are we only acting ourselves? Why does no one like writers? (Everything will make more sense once you’ve seen the play!)

Tickets are still available for Friday and Saturday night. Consider inviting your friends or family to see it with you. Though it’s recommended that they are 15+.due to one of the themes not being very appropriate for children. Tickets can be purchased here from as low as $10. Asking someone helping at the door  for a program  before the show  is always helpful too.

Top and Tail Theatre company invited the audience last night to see what an average rehearsal looks like. In the middle of rehearsing a scene from Sean Wcislo’s play Roommates Live from Apartment 19, six characters suddenly appear and demand for their story to be staged. Beginning as a comedy, the play quickly became a melodrama. Even though the company eventually lost control of the stage, I thought the lighting, sound and set were brilliantly eerie. This had the intended effect on the audience and certainly added to the ‘dramatic action’ of the play. The characters were very realistic, while the actors were consistently in character even if the characters wished to deny it! You’ll be left wondering where lost characters end up, and will also receive a quick education of theatre.

The adapted script remarticle2.jpgains true to Pirandello’s ideas on dramatic creative writing, stagecraft, the rehearsal process, characters and the various perspectives that create a story. It also critiques playwrights on the many characters they create but never use, who might be condemned to living through their life story, eternally suffering. Part of the dialogue was rejuvenated and modernized from Moulds’ adaptation to suit the Top and Tail Theatre Company. (This script change was encouraged by the ‘Hypocrites’ for future performances)  While I did take a look at the original adapted script, I was really surprised and intrigued by the unique choices Top and Tail Theatre made in creating their production of Six Characters. 

Details

Play: Six Characters in Search of An Author
Venue: Studio 411 (Murdoch University, South Street Campus, Carpark 4, near the gym)
Showings: Thursday night, June 16th, Friday night, June 17th & Saturday night, June 18th
Genre: Absurdist meta-theatrical, around 80 minutes
Director: Nick Morant
Theatre Company: Top and Tail Theatre
Script Written by: Luigi Pirandello, Adapted by: Steve Moulds (Playscripts Inc.)
Starring: Tay Broadley, Mike Casas, Claire Tebbut, Jonathan Maddocks, Leigh Fitzpatrick, Abbey McCaughan, Sean Wcislo, Clare Talbot, Brianna Lea and Jordan Baynes.

Extra Info

Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936) was a dramatist and novel writer from Sicily, Italy. He studied Languages and dialectology in Sicily and Bonn before moving to Rome. He wrote poetry, short stories, and novels. The main highlight of Pirandello’s writing career was the 44 plays he published. Pirandello wrote ‘Six Characters in Search of an Author’ in Rome 1921. The play has been performed and adapted several times since then. This particular adaption was produced in Chicago, Illinois by ‘The Hypocrites’ and first performed between February 1st-March 11th 2012.

The Hypocrites are a company that was founded in 1997 by the artistic director, Sean Graney. The company’s main aim is to stage deeply engaging plays which the audience can connect to and have a role in the performance. While they are known for staging adaptations, they also sometimes work on new plays. Steve Moulds wrote the adaptation for The Hypocrites. The script and cast was altered to suit the Hypocrites’ company mission in their 2012 productions. Steve Moulds studied at the University of Texas at Austin and has an MFA in playwriting from the Michener Center for Writers. He has worked for theatre companies in Louisville, Minneapolis, Saint Paul and Denver.

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Relevant Links:

Six Characters FB Event
Top and Tail Theatre
Luigi Pirandello
Steve Moulds
The Hypocrites
Playscript Inc.: Six Characters in Search of An Author

 

[REVIEW] London Has Fallen

Hello everybody! My name is Raviv Mezhubovski and I will be bringing you film and TV reviews. The old, the new, and even the ones you request. First up is London Has Fallen, a recent film I watched.

London Has Fallen is directed by Babak Najafi and stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman. The film revolves around the antagonist, Aamir Barkawi who is planning a revenge attack on London after the Western Intelligence bombed his family, which he survived with his sons. So how does he attempt to get revenge? Simple! Arrange a fake funeral and kill everyone in London, the President and civilians. This entire film is one huge explosion, after explosion, after explosion.

The one thing that fascinated me is how much the film was able to keep me engaged. The action sequences often came out of nowhere, with the protagonists questioning themselves and their abilities to survive, this worked to keep me watching. The conflict is very understandable and logical with the ending being a satisfying one. Because of this, it managed to hold my attention from one explosion to the next.

However, one weakness is that the film is literally just one huge explosion. The entire movie is basically a representation of a Michael Bay sweet dream. The main storyline has also recycled a lot from past films. A terrorist organisation attacked a place, it is then the job of one badass American to save the world and stop the bad guys from killing innocent lives. We have seen this plot again and again.

Overall, the film was basic and the story was easy to understand but overused in the genre of action. The explosions kept the story intriguing but that was literally all the movie was. So I will give the movie a 5 out of 10. It is an average movie but still very cliche and generic.

Stay tuned for more film and TV reviews!

What do they call me?

Words by Adam Semple photography by Michelle Karas

I couldn’t imagine a more visceral window into modern indigenous life, than Eva Johnson’s performance What Do They Call Me. So often in our assuming world, can the ‘big powers’ conveniently ignore the facts behind family based circumstance, and Eva Johnson’s artwork illustrates to us how easily assumptions are made and how oppressive the consequences can be. The piece calls into attention the vicious pulling of identity of Indigenous peoples, from both the sides of white conformity, and traditional heritage.

The concept of ‘what we are,’ of being asked to confirm exactly the heritage that influences our appearance, is a fantastic metaphor for the potential superficiality of judging a person by what they look like. What Do They Call Me balances this issue so delicately, with three amazing actors all taking their turn – literally one at a time – in showing the audience their microcosm in the macro-environment of the confusion and cultural dismemberment that is racism.

The occurence of whether Indigenous culture is being torn away, or completely restricted from birth, varies vastly through the three family members tales as their stories of development have all been so drastically different. Underlying this, are the many themes of cultural confusion and racial oppression that the women experience on a daily basis. To be shown such a world of disrespect and dishonour so vividly, so up close and personal, was truly special. It was riddled with goose-bumps and left me in a state of shock that will hopefully remain for a long time.

Eva Johnson has crafted a performance that brings the audience into the very reality of how potentially unfair the judicial system is, based on prejudices and race; she has shown us how unbelievably non-judgmental an idealist society can appear on the outside, whilst subtly imbuing it’s consumerist desires below the surface; and she has shown us that whether we are black, white, gay, or straight, society wants to know exactly what we are, have us labelled and ready to slot into a preordained space for ease of judgement and understanding, and that this system horrendously, and unrelentingly, oppresses those who wish to remain uncatagorisable.

[REVIEW] Advanced Style

By Cecilia Allen

Dismiss any conventional ideas you have about beauty, style, fashion and aging in Advanced Style. Director Lina Plioplyte and street photographer Ari Seth Cohen’s warm-hearted documentary showcases an array of New York women who express themselves through their proud and unique individualistic styles. Ranging in age from 60 through to 90 and from majestic to harlequin like flamboyance, these ladies illustrate the benefits of aging without abandoning their unique style or fundamental approach to aging.

Western culture’s increasing obsession with youth and beauty is large on scale. Cohen poses the question “Why do we only look towards young people as our fashion and beauty icons? Why not older women?”

Based on his own Grandmothers unique style and vibrant approach to aging, Cohen set out to prove to the world that aging can be anything but daunting. “These women really challenge our notion of getting older, they really embrace their age, feel good about themselves; and every time they leave the house, they look and feel their best,” he says.

The old saying age before beauty implies one is exclusive of the other, but the woman photographed and written about by Cohen in his famed blog Advanced Style and consecutive book of the same name dismiss the conventional ideas about beauty and ageing and show us, that with age comes grace and confidence.

The film delves into the lives of seven New York women, these women are not the rich upper class women with wardrobes full of designer labels that you would expect – apart from one woman who promises her granddaughter she will inherit a collection of Chanel handbags – instead these are women from across different lines of wealth and ethnicity. One of the glamorous ladies says it might take years to fully complete one outfit, from finding the right set of earrings to a hat that matches.

The women, of whom the film focuses, speak openly about their lives, their experience of aging and their style. Some of the women have partners or families but a number of them are single and openly admit that finding love or having children was not a priority. One of the interviewees, Tziporah Salamon, quite simply says “My hats and bags are my children.”

Among the most captivating interviewees is Jacquie “Tajah” Murdock, who started out at 17 as one of the original Apollo Theater dancers in Harlem and at 82 landed an ad campaign for Lanvin. She recalls that in her era people dressed to the nines to hit the town on Friday and Saturday nights even if they were domestic workers.

The documentary is sweet and funny with just an occasional hint of melancholy. The pace of the film seems too quick for any of the subjects to leave a strong impression and also raises some questions which could have been explored further. Among the films strengths is its democratic embrace of woman from different backgrounds and the message it sends to its audience. The women in this film prove style is ageless and with age come grace.

3 out of 5 stars.

BADBADNOTGOOD, III

Toronto natives BADBADNOTGOOD (BBNG) have released their third studio album, III. Although this is the jazz/hip-hop trio’s third album, in many ways this is an album of firsts for the group. Unlike their previous releases that were littered in covers of artists as varied as James Blake to Gucci Mane, this album comprises completely of the bands original compositions. This could be the reason behind another difference in the album, BBNG have decided to actually charge people money this time, whereas for their previous records they did not. This may present a seeming lack of worth; the band’s name itself suggests a lack of esteem in their ability. However, BBNG in actuality have every reason to be confident, for on III they jump from the shoulders of the musicians they previously covered to their own new heights.

The opening track Triangle is familiar and reminiscent of the best moments of 2012’s release BBNG2 but by the start of the second track Can’t Leave the Night one can begin to feel the band’s transition to an unfamiliar territory. The DJ Shadow-esque keys build behind frantic drums that give way to a throbbing bass line and we begin to see the group’s full potential.

BBNG’s love of the jazz genre comes through on smooth tracks like Differently, Still but the majority of numbers on this release are prone to a more trip-hop oriented sound such as the electronic, brooding and dubby CS60. Guitar riffs reminiscent of Interpol colour Eyes Closed, while Hedron builds a complex soundscape as BBNG meld their jazz capabilities with the sensibilities of their influencers to a pleasing effect.

Admittedly some of these experimentations work better than others with Since You Ask Kindly being unequal to the sum of its parts. However, in the end this is a great album with strong emotion and purpose, an achievement more worthwhile as a band with no vocalist. III should be commended as a first experimentation in an already experimental genre, creating the impression that these talented young men will not return to the safety of covers in the future.

Words by Richard Heftie

High Visability

High Visibility is the latest original artistic endeavour to hit the streets of Perth aiming to blurr the lines of how the individual expects to engage with art. For the past few weeks, and running until August 27, every Wednesday at the Perth Train Station you can expect to find a lovely lady in a high visibility vest standing timidly and touting “free art?” as you walk by.

My suggestion is, don’t just walk by, it’s free art! What more could you want?

The artwork comes in the form of a neatly folded A3 page, featuring a limited edition print by a differing artist every week. This project will surely reinvigorate your Wednesday morning, and if you’re anything like me, it will invent the challenge to ‘catch ‘em all.’

As the weeks progress, you can expect to see Paper Mountain’s gallery space evolve with the addition of the weekly artwork. As part of the Winter Arts Festival this project, curated by Melissa McGrath, is a refreshing take on street art, a subtle notion to remove the artworks from a wall and instead deliver them straight to your hand, throwing a splash of colour in an otherwise dreary winter commute and challenging your perception of the value of art.

For more information on the weekly artwork visit: http://high-visibility.tumblr.com/

Words by Olivia Gardner

[REVIEW] The Double

Jessie Eisenberg stars as both Simon and James, government workers that share the same face but have polar opposite personalities, in The Double. Based on a Russian novella and directed by The IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade, this film follows timid, lonely and ignored Simon as he fixates on his co-worker Hannah (Mia Wasikowska) and finds his world unraveling when the charismatic James arrives and starts to take over his life.

There have been many films about doppelgängers in the past yet here it doesn’t feel like it is being used as a gimmick. This fresh and original take on the subject is mainly due to Eisenberg’s performance and the way Ayoade skillfully frames his shots to provide a sense of claustrophobia and to document the intense feelings of neuroticism that Simon experiences. Eisenberg brilliantly pulls off the tricky task of playing two separate characters who manage to both be pretty unlikable but still utterly absorbing. Whether I was cringing at Simon’s telescopic spying, a la Rear Window, or cursing James’ ill intentions, I found myself holding my breath and waiting for the inevitable downfall of Simon or James. Eisenberg delivers a convincing, if unnerving, performance that shines, particularly when Simon starts to spin out of control.

The drab, monochromatic and surreal reconstruction of our world and the presence of heavy industrialism in Simon’s life serve to provide a comment on modern business life, such as the disappearing sense of self that can occur, and effectively creates a strong sense of melancholy at such a familiar universe. However, this film may not be for everyone. It is certainly not a lighthearted or uplifting movie that will give you the ‘warm fuzzies’. Instead it deals with the increasing sense of isolation one may feel in today’s world and the familiar divide and conflict between who you are and who you want to be. Yet there are some moments of dark comedy sprinkled throughout the film which does break up the serious and intense moments and I did surprisingly find myself laughing on a number of occasions. Ayoade is able to balance these moments by the successful control of the musical score, which perfectly ebbs and flows with scenes of increasing uneasiness. Ayoade’s direction over this film, combined with an excellent cast and musical score, provides us with a movie that is beautifully haunting and will leave you questioning your own feelings towards modern industrialized life and the accompaniment of isolation.

4 out of 5 Stars

The Double is currently showing at Luna Leederville

PERF: an exhibition of new artworks by Alex Maciver

Words by Sameera Afzaal of DYNAMIQUE BLOG

Through a diversity of styles and media, Alex Maciver brings a thought-provoking exhibition to Melody Smith Gallery in Carlisle this month. A showcase of two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces, this collection of sculptures will tickle any art lover’s fancy. The exhibition is juxtaposition in its entirety, pulling away from its surface value, meaning is found in the lines, form, shape and texture within this beautiful and brilliant display.

PERF’s opening night, presented by Coveted Events, was a collaboration between Citizens of Arcane and Alex Maciver. Maciver, a Perth based artist, is a graduate with BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee University, UK. Having been involved in many artist-run initiatives, his first solo exhibition I May Live on as a Ghost was part of 2013 Fringe Festival. Rising to prominence, his works feature in both public and private collections, including City of Fremantle. Citizens of Arcane are an up and coming Australian clothing and accessories label manufacturing quality crafted apparel with a futuristic edge for men and women.

This proved to be a brilliant collaboration for the opening; as the aesthetics of both artists complimented one another. Models dressed by Citizens of Arcane were spray painted on-site in front of the audience. The night came to life when models walked out as a trio and dispersed to stand on platforms resembling the shapes of artworks in the exhibition. It was visually stunning and further complimented the uniqueness of this exhibition, providing an alternative to modern fashion and art collaboration.

The collaboration with Citizens of Arcane was unfortunately only for the opening night, however, PERF will run at Melody Smith Gallery until the 26th July 2014.

PERF is sadly the last exhibition to cross the threshold of Melody Smith Gallery’s innocuous doorstep as Ms Smith intends to relocate to Sydney in the following months; it is a great loss to the Perth arts industry and our sincerest wishes go with her on her endeavour to the east coast.

For more on Alex Maciver and his works visit his website at: www.alexmaciver.com

[REVIEW] Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent, an international brand that became famous from humble yet not so humble beginnings. This luxury fashion house is among some of the most famous labels to date; Chanel, Christian Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Louis Vuitton. The brand is now at the heart of fashion, embraced by editors, bloggers and society at large. Today many endure to be part of the beauty that was the oeuvre of the late designer Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent.

Yves Saint Laurent was and still is referred to as “The Prince of Fashion” and a “fashion prodigy,” He was a soul that knew about “beauty.” Beauty that amazes, beauty that is worn, beauty that hypnotizes the masses, and beauty that becomes a multi-million dollar brand. This movie is an exploration into a time when recognition of such beauty not only came with inevitable criticism but also a psychological battle on personal circumstances. It is a buoyant vision trying to understand where the humble beginnings of this fashion house came from and a treat when the secret to the success is subtly revealed. It is only a glimpse but worthwhile, for 110 minutes you will be lost in a world of French where comprehension will come from a mutual love.

3.5 Stars

Words by Sameera Afzaal