#60FACES /// Black ink on paper works by Samoan Artist & Musician /// RAYMOND T LALOTOA

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#60FACES is a snapshot of random thoughts and ideas that pass through the brain of Sydney dwelling Samoan Artist & Musician Raymond Tuifao Lalotoa. 

These works don’t follow a narrative, the exercise is purely about the instant nature of sharing art, making it easy to take home something as simple as an A2 piece of paper to then make its place in its new surroundings either in a frame or just pinned to a wall in the name of Art.

The 60 black ink to paper process expresses Ray’s wide range of styles, from clean lines to splattered edges. The experiment will hopefully give off the feeling that a brain can have many different conversations which in turn helps to make us all creative, complicated, mysterious, scary, funny yet simple creatures.

Ray is currently working on a new album with his band and also working on a new painting show which will see the light of day in the coming summer.

Lalotoa is the founder of Sydney’s underground music movement My Sydney Riot, creative community ARTIST UNION and front man of Sydney based band FAIT ACCOMPLI

You’re invited to drinks with the artist on Saturday 6 September from 6pm until 9pm.

‘#60FACES’
Solo Exhibition by Raymond Tuifao Lalotoa

BLANK_SPACE GALLERY
374 Crown St, Surry Hills

Exhibition Opening:
Saturday 6 September, 2014
 6pm until 9pm

Music by The Denim Clad Satanists

Sponsored by MY SYDNEY RIOT, Captain Cook Hotel, Coopers & ARTIST UNION.

GALLERY HOURS

Saturday 6 September 6pm noon – 9pm
Sunday 7 September 12pm noon – 7pm
Monday 8 September 12pm noon – 7pm
Tuesday 9 September noon – 7pm
Wednesday 10 September noon – 7pm
Thursday 11 September noon – 7pm
Friday 12 September noon – 7pm

All works with prices will be uploaded to Ray’s tumblr.
http://raymondtlalotoa.tumblr.com

For all purchases enquiries email: weareartistunion@gmail.com

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/288425351345428/

MY COREY RIOT /// MUSIC COMPILATION

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Get yourself a copy of the MY COREY RIOT compilation. Big thanks to all the bands for contributing to this special record for a special cause.

More info HERE

All proceeds go to THE BAIRD INSTITUTE.

$10 FROM HERE >>> http://mysydneyriot.bandcamp.com/album/my-corey-riot

MY COREY RIOT Tracklisting ///

1. FAIT ACCOMPLI – END OF THE WORLD 03:52
2. Bonez – FOXY LADY 04:14
3. The DARK HAWKS – MESS’D UP 03:32
4. Television Children – THE THING I’D NEVER SAY 03:04
5. Taking Berlin – MADCHESTER 04:57
6. Wasters – MUDSLINGER 03:28
7. THE RUMOURS – INSANE 03:07

 

MY SYDNEY RIOT INTERVIEW /// w- TOMI FROM BONEZ

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Tomi has been rockin and a rollin around town for a few years now as a Sydney musician, primarily as a drummer and a very friendly guy. A bit of time on the scene has seen this young man move from the back to the front end of town yes and that is where is now, hand on the mic howling at the moon, making party within his current musical adventure which is BONEZ. His band has had a crazy busy schedule of late, so we were lucky to corner Tomi on his way out the other night and as per usual we asked the big questions about the What? the How? and the Why? Here’s what Tomi had to say.
 
How did BONEZ come together?
It started out just me. I was in one of those funny periods of life people go through when I was spending most of my time in my room by myself after a few other things in my life had come to an abrupt end. I was forced to rebuild from square one and make a plan for what I wanted to do with myself. Like anything, when you start moving with goal in mind everything starts falling into place around you. I met the boys Dukes and Bernie pretty soon after, and we hit the ground running. We toured Aus pretty continuously for the better part of a year before bringing a drummer into the mix.
 
Did you come from a musical family?
My old man is a musician. He’s one of the few people i know who makes a living out of playing music and has been since well before i was born so there was always music around growing up. I was a regular at most Sydney venues well before i could walk.
 
What was your childhood like?
My folks split wheni was 3. My old man was on the road a lot with his band soi lived mainly with my mother. Andi wasn’t an easy kid. She was fairly heavily into some pretty wild avenues in life whilei was young. She was part of a group of practisingwiccans who were often over at our house doing some sort of ceremony. That’s how I’m guessing she had the strength to put up with me. I was a little shit but she had magic on her side.
 
Who did you look up to as a kid?
I lived in Queensland for a few years toward the end of Primary school and was always fascinated by the older girls who came to our school from the local high school as part of the “buddy system”. I was fascinated by them and would always tail along with them after school was let out. Sometimes I’d go to their houses and eventually ended up being made the subject of some of their sexual experimentation. I have a lot of admiration for a well put together woman. Possibly because I still can’t work them out.
 
Any cool music school memories?
I once punched a kid for dissing on Limp Bizkit and was suspended. I also got suspended for writing my high school bands name all over the school including the honors board the office. I still stand by both decisions.First Live gig you attended?
One of my dads shows. I’m guessing while still in the womb.

The last gig you attended?
Green Day at the Captain Cook. Thanks again for the heads up Ray.

You guys have already hit the road touring many times already, there must be a cool story from the road?
We’ve already ticked off almost all the rock-boxes that fall under the “what happens on tour, stays on tour..” protection act but I will say that the ones left to tick off include:
1) Trash a hotel room (our own this time)
2) Commandeer a police car (in the front seat this time)
3) Sign some breasts (a woman’s this time)

You guys have just released your debut EP, ON THE PIGS BACK Vol 1, how does it feel to finally have it out there?
It’s nice to be able to have something physical that we can hold in our hand and say “nice.. we did that.” I think it’s a good depiction of where we are as a band at the moment. And people seem to be digging on it too. It’s getting some good lovin’ on the radios up and down the coast. We’re a pretty big deal in Shoalhaven right now…

How was the recording process?
I didn’t love the recording process. I don’t think creativity works its best when you have to keep checking the clock. Although,Phan, the man behind the desks is an absolute demon and made everything more enjoyable. He’ll be behind the wheel for all of On The Pigs Back Vol. 2 and 3.You guys have a major cross over of styles going as a band, from old Skool Red Hot Chili Peppers to Rage Against Machine with a blues funk twist and everything in between.

 
How would you describe your sound?
We to avoid describing the sound outside of our own company. But if we absolutely HAVE TO, we describe it as “the soundtrack to kill vampires to.”

What is the BONEZ message?
We have a fairly grand plan for where we’re going to take Bonez eventually. There is a great deal of thought and discussion that has gone into this band and what we stand for but you can’t come out charging before you’re ready or you’re likely to scare people away. You gotta sprinkle some crumbs here and there and let people find you on their own. At this stage we’re just opening ourselves up to anybody that wants to come and get involved. We make sure everyone has a real good time at our shows and there’s always room for people to join the party. But it’s not a cult. (Its sort of cult).

Would you like to make a comment on the state of the Sydney music community right now?
Good for you Sydney! There is some AMAZING shit coming outta the Sydney scene right now. Anyone with their finger on the pulse can tell that we’re on the verge of something majorly exciting.

 
What’s the best thing about being an independent band?
Not knowing whats gonna happen next.

The worst thing?
Not knowing whats gonna happen next.

If there was something you could change about the music industry what would that be?
That bands playing the circuit stop acting as though they’re in some sort of race against each other. There’s plenty of pie on the table. Don’t be a dick. Remember why you started doing this. Also that the people responsible for continually making stupid people famous are held accountable by way of public apology.

Who are your personal inspirations in life?
I really admire people who have found a way out of the game. To be able to spend all your time exactly how you want is a very driving goal.

Do you have any advice for bands starting out?
If what you’re doing isn’t working, try something else. If people ain’t coming to your gigs, try harder. Don’t lose momentum. Don’t accept no as a final answer.

Your thoughts on things like Spotify and social media in general?
Music is now more easily accessible than ever before. That is in no way a bad thing for humanity.

What has been your favourite moment of 2014 so far?
Our sold out EP launch at The Vanguard in March. Hearing the crowd calling us back to stage for one more song and singing along with us. It was a really amazing night. I liked watching our bass player Bernardo take off on the bands first crowd surf experience. That was balls.

Favourite bands right now?
I can’t stop listening to Queens Of The Stone Age.

Are you loving a record or a song at the moment?
Recently rediscovered Both Sides Of The Gun by Ben Harper.

Can you give us an insight into the story behind your new single REMEMBER MY NAME?
I met a girl in a club one Friday night not too long ago. We spent a very exciting next 48 something-hours together partying our way to the bottom of a goodie bag till the sun came up on monday morning and we each had to drag our shady asses back off to reality. I knew that if I saw her again it couldn’t live up to the time we spend together, so I never called her. I think about her a lot though.

So what’s next for BONEZ?
We’re firing from all canons. Right now we are out there trying to make as much fucking noise as we can armed with this new disk. We have a new tour in the works. We’re heading back into the studio to work on the volume 2 and 3 of the On the pigs back EP trilogy. Theres a follow-up video to this one which I can’t wait to see.

Are you a movie buff or a book head?
I listen to books on tape almost continuously throughout the day. I save the epic ones for the long drives on tour. I like that it pisses off Bernardo a little.Are you happy?
More so than I can remember being in a long time.

Burial or Cremation?
Eaten by Wolves.

Famous last words?
Bro, are those wolves?
 
Catch BONEZ out there at a show!!!
Fri 28 March /// Night at the Roller Den w- Stonefeild. Sydney, nsw
Sunday 6 April /// Boneyard Festival – Frankies Pizza. Sydney, nsw
Wednesday 30 April /// Cherry Bar. Melbourne, Vic
Thursday 1 May /// The Vineyard. Melbourne, Vic
Saturday 17 May /// Bluesfest. Windsor. Sydney, nsw

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VIDEO PREMIERE WORLD EXCLUSIVE /// BONEZ – REMEMBER MY NAME

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One of the bright new lights on the Sydney scene right now are BONEZ. These guys have already been smashing a whole lotta touring in their short existence and so far things are coming up Milhouse for this funky soul raging four piece. Their live set is proving to be one of pure joy and excitement, a positive style that goes against the usual onstage stance which seems to be popular in Sydney at the moment, BONEZ are pretty much doing things their own way.

Determined to not do things in halves, BONEZ go all out for their shows with a goal to make sure their audience leaves the gig sweaty, satisfied and as fans. So naturally we are stoked to be premiering the brand new video for their debut single REMEMBER MY NAME.

Be sure to get out there and support this band who just SOLD OUT their debut ep launch at Vanguard a few weeks back. This is most definitely just the beginning for BONEZ.

ENJOY!

BONEZ SHOWS!
Fri 28 March /// Night at the Roller Den w- Stonefeild. Sydney, nsw
Sunday 6 April /// Boneyard Festival – Frankies Pizza. Sydney, nsw
Wednesday 30 April /// Cherry Bar. Melbourne, Vic
Thursday 1 May /// The Vineyard. Melbourne, Vic
Saturday 17 May /// Bluesfest. Windsor. Sydney, nsw

THE OWLS /// RELEASE VIDEO FOR THEIR SINGLE ‘KRAKOW’

Newcastle’s finest, THE OWLS have just released their brand new single KRAKOW. This catchy fun rockin tune was given the slick treatment by a talented team of Australian recording veterans including; Producer Lachlan Mitchell at Jungle Studios, Sydney, mastering was taken care of by the legendary Steve Smart at Studios 301, Sydney, so all the ingredients for a sure-fire rock n’ roll hit are there. Just turn it up and lose yourself to this killer tune.

We got in touch with frontman Josh Bailey and asked him about his trip to Europe and the birth of a song about Krakow, a City in Poland “It was the first real foreign country I had ever been to. I did a lot of traveling around the city where I saw a whole lot of places of historical significance during the war. One night out in the centre of Krakow I got pretty messed up on Vodka which seemed to be everywhere and cheap. I was so taken by the city I wrote down a loose draft of lyrics which I sent back to the guys that night. When I got back home that month it was the first song we the band wrote together”.

Their gritty Rod Martin directed video for Krakow was filmed in the back alleys of China Town in Sydney at about 5am while the boys were coming off a 3 day bender. Them Newcastle kids pull up good right? it must be them 1.30am lockouts. Haha!

Do yourself a favour and get up to The Standard in Surry Hills this Thursday and see THE OWLS launch their new single KRAKOW taken from their upcoming ep OWN THE STREETS with an amazing lineup of Local talent; SIAMESE ALMEIDA, ANGRY BEIGE and BRITISH BLUES. Don’t miss this show!

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Buy KRAKOW here
Request KRKOW here

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INTERVIEW /// ANGIE FROM ‘THE DARK HAWKS’

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You probably don’t know Angie Anderson right now, but if all goes to plan you sure as hell will know her in the not too distant future. We’re going to go out on a limb and say that we pretty much think Angie’s voice is one of those rare moments in Rock n’ Roll, it’s like when a pin drops and silences a room, well that is Angie to us. One of the strongest purest rock n’ roll voices we have come across in Sydney and even in Australia (and we have come across many many amazing voices). She’s the front woman and voice of Sydney’s very own THE DARK HAWKS, together this three-piece band are doing some great things with their music, touring relentlessly and trying to make as much noise off their own steam as they can and they seem to be winning. They blew our minds around a year ago and we look forward to what’s to come in 2014.

Anyway enough ranting from us, we caught up briefly with Angie, this is what she had to say. Continue reading

BID TO SAVE LIVE VENUES /// WENTWORTH COURIER INTERVIEW A PUNTER, VENUE OWNER & MUSICIAN

Things have been heating up in the media regarding the state of the live music scene in Sydney and the Governments proposed 1.30am blanket lock outs in the cities CBD (at the writing of this post these laws were passed swiftly over night without any public consultation). The Wentworth Courier approached a punter; Darlinghurst resident; Sean Roche, a venue owner; Oxford Art Factory’s Mark Gerber and a musician; Frontman of Sydney band Fait Accompli; Ray Lalotoa. This is what they all had to say on the matter.

Wenworth Courier is delivered free to most households every Wednesday in the Eastern Suburb areas of Sydney. Also available from your local Newsagent.

Click on image below to read larger version or read the original article HERE

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TIPS FOR BANDS /// SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS TO GET PEOPLE TO YOUR SHOWS

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Putting on a gazillion grass-roots shows is not something that you’d wish upon anyone, but when it is a ‘life choice’ then you know you have to look at the reasons why you’re getting behind Local music in the first place or you need to get your head checked Haha! but like we just said it’s a life choice. So with that choice comes a responsibility to pass on some information to the cohorts you are dong it for – ie; the bands.

So we’ve decided to create a little bit of an information page for all bands, anyone looking for tips about stuff well we’ve got your back Homeslice! So if you look up at our MENU and click on the link which says TIPS FOR BANDS well that’s where we’ll start putting up information on a week to week basis (if we’re not too busy) for you guys so you can get your shit together regarding all things being in a band starting out or just day to day tips for survival as a band etc… Continue reading

INTERVIEW /// JOSH FROM ‘THE OWLS’

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THE OWLS are most probably the best group of guys in Local Rock n’ Roll today. The way these guys go about their business should be a standard to all people who want to head into music. They turn up to shows way on time, they stick around to support other bands and they’re friendly as fuck. Then throw in their live show and The Owls are a beast in the making. Every show we’ve witnessed of these guys over the last year and a bit that we’ve known them has gone from strength to strength and that to us are ingredients to give any band a good chance at the big pay off which is a life doin what we all dream of living and breathing – ROCK N’ ROLL! We get emails from people actually asking when these guys are playing next and we’re like “Check their Facebook sister!” Anyway we caught up with front man Josh who was in the midst of getting their new set tight for a run of shows to kick off the year. And so like the gentleman he is, Josh answered a few questions for us. Continue reading

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