Show Review: Jimeoin 12.05.16

Published on theMusic.com.au, May 2016

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Jimeoin

Regal Theatre

May 12

Sporting double denim and a cowboy hat, Irish funnyman Jimeoin immediately delivered on the theme promised, but after scooting around to laughter and a backing track for several minutes, that was the last we saw of the Western theme.

Before uttering a single word he had the crowd on his side, eliciting laughter with a series of over-exaggerated hand gestures and facial expressions.

“I have a strong accent and can mumble a bit,” Jimeoin said, which could have been the title of his show.

While he’s undoubtedly witty and can throw together long-winded tales, one-liners, crowd banter and callbacks with ease, it was largely the way in which he delivered his material that made it stick; a sentiment proved on numerous occasions when he was able to garner an uproar of laughter from the silence of a joke that didn’t quite connect. He was also able to ride a wave of chuckles longer than most with his exaggerated facial expressions and mumbling.

Jimeoin’s comedy is a fine blend of observational humour spliced with dad jokes, tackling the important things in life like existence, marriage, time and farts.

http://themusic.com.au/comedy/reviews/2016/05/13/jimeoin-daniel-cribb/

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INTERVIEW: The Living End

Published in The Music (QLD, VIC, NSW), X-Press Magazine (WA), and on theMusic.com.au, May 2016

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If You’re Painting By Numbers You Might Need A ‘Shift’

Aussie rock staples The Living End took a dangerous approach when recording their new album – one that resulted in some conflicting feedback at first. Frontman Chris Cheney tells Daniel Cribb all about the “daunting task”.

The Living End have been such a prevalent influence on the Australian music scene since the mid-‘90s that it can be a bit hard to believe that frontman Chris Cheney has spent the better part of the past five years living in LA.

The shredder fell in love with the US when he flew to New York for three months in 2010 with his family to write the band’s last effort, The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating, and things took off from there. “After that, we just thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be good to try base ourselves overseas for just a couple of years or three years, four years,” Cheney begins from his Californian abode. “It’s sort of still a temporary arrangement; we’re just kind of playing it be ear at this point,” he adds.

There’s no shortage of opportunities over in the States, which is why he’s probably spent so much time there. Regularly taking advantage of the smorgasbord of gigs available at any one time, he caught The Damned at iconic venue The Roxy a few nights earlier. “I actually play in another band, The Jack Tars, over here which has got Captain Sensible from The Damned in it and Slim Jim Phantom from Stray Cats and Mike Peters from The Alarm, so it’s sort of weird being in a band with those guys when you grew up listening to their music.”

It’s a similar relationship between The Living End and their longtime Aussie heroes Cold Chisel, which sparked the flame that turned into new album Shift. After a studio collaboration in 2014 with Jimmy Barnes, the band joined him around the country for A Day On The Green, which is when their seventh LP came to life through a means completely foreign to them.

“We were doing A Day On The Green and there’s so much time in between – they’re only weekends those things – so we just thought we might as well jump into a studio during that time and just throw some ideas around and not really put any pressure on as far as having to have songs; just get in there and press record, which is a pretty daunting task.

“I’ve always had songs to bring in and we’ve always wanted to be prepared, so there was a certain danger by doing that that it would be a failure and that we would come out with nothing.”

It was because of that creative shake-up that some of the material on the new album is a little different to what fans may be expecting. While upbeat rock number Monkey saw a return to their roots, follow-up single Keep On Runningreceived some mixed reviews from fans on social media. “For The Living End to release a song like Keep On Running, I think a lot of people were just like, ‘What the hell is happening,’” Cheney explains. “It’s just not what you’d expect from us; there’s no solo in the middle, there’s no overly energetic slapping bass. Even though we’ve done lots of things, I think people forget we have a pretty diverse range of tunes and albums over the years.

“There was just an initial kneejerk reaction I think, people wondering what the hell we were doing with a full string section and it’s a very pop kind of melody, but I’m quite proud to go out with a song that people don’t expect. What’s the point of coming out with something that’s just The Living End by numbers, it just doesn’t excited me.”

Gearing up to head home for the band’s first headline run in five years, Cheney cast his eye on local talent as they chose tour supports; a exercise that proved an inspiring process and will see The Living End on their toes as they sweep across the country in June. “I’m really excited by all those bands like The Smith Street Band, Royal Headache and The 131s; they all just seem hungry, edgy and everything that I love and I find it really inspiring.

“I’m sort of making sure I’ve got my shit together for the tour because I know that [support bands Bad//Dreems and The 131s] are going to be forces to be reckoned with. There’s just bands out there that are no bullshit; just laying it down and they’re damn good, they’re not hiding behind anything, it’s just raw rock’n’roll – how it should be.”

http://themusic.com.au/interviews/all/2016/05/03/the-living-end-chris-cheney-daniel-cribb/

theMusic.com.au: Proposed Perth Lockout Laws Condemned

Published on theMusic.com.au and in X-Press Magazine (WA), May 2016

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Perth music body WAM has slammed recent comments from the Australian Medical Association advocating for lockout laws to be implemented in the state following a brawl in Northbridge over the weekend.

The violent scene took place in the early hours of Sunday morning on the main strip of the WA entertainment hotspot which hosts a number of live music venues like The Bird and Jimmy’s Den.

WAM CEO Mike Harris told theMusic.com.au lockout laws in the area would “decimate an entertainment district” and likely cause more problems.

“It’s quite lazy of the AMA because if they took any notice of that particular bit of footage, it’s got nothing to do with venues what so ever,” Harris said.

“That has to do with anti-social behaviour and a bunch of kids out on the streets, bored with nothing to do.

“They’re just out looking for trouble, one way or another and lockouts won’t fix that, except within six to 12 months they’ll be less people on the streets of Northbridge because venues will start to struggle and it will shutdown one of the only entertainment districts we have left.”

Speaking with 6PR radio, AMA WA president Michael Gannon said lockout laws would not have an impact on the city’s vibrancy.

“It is not draconian, wowserism or threatening in any way the vibrancy of a city to say that by 3am it might be time to consider heading for your cot,” Gannon said.

“The evidence exists that the longer the liquor venues are open, the more trouble you see.”

Meanwhile, despite reported violence in Northbridge, a report from WA Police issued in March showed the area was safer now than it was a decade ago, with Premier Colin Barnett citing events like Fringe World Festival for bringing it to life.

Key areas of crime were reportedly down since 2008, with assaults down 36 per cent, threatening behaviour down 73 per cent and property damage down 48 per cent.

“These figures are particularly encouraging considering the substantial population growth we have had since 2008,” Police Minister Liza Harvey said of the report.

Sydney’s lockout laws have caused a wealth of issues for the NSW entertainment industry – including a number of high-profile venue closures since being implemented – and see venues unable to let new patrons in after 1:30am and alcohol stop being served by 3am.

http://themusic.com.au/news/all/2016/05/03/proposed-perth-lockout-laws-condemned/