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Parking Lots is an important album, at least as far as Perth music is concerned, precisely because it inspires thought bubbles in those listening to it. Although thankfully it's not just a gathering place for critical discussion and self-reflection. Listening to Ermine Coat's second LP, the recently released Parking Lots, may be to feel a mental illness that results in a physical illness.
Overall, Coming Apart will be a challenging listen for anyone who isn’t drawn toward dirgey guitars, walls of noise, Gordon’s monotone drawl and oscillating feedback. Whilst obviously referencing her older work, Body/Head here present an alternative take on the noise-rock genre, one for those who don’t like it to have any resemblance to rock at all, post noise-rock if you will.
While I can imagine that it would make the perfect audio-visual companion to its best-selling source material, Night Train to Lisbon struggles to stand on its own. An intriguing premise, visually stunning cinematography and solid performances by the film’s talented cast are not enough to compensate for its stale dialogue, underdeveloped characters and overwrought narration.
Now the domain of bogans looking to do sick burnouts and junkies looking to do sick meth, it’s a haunting place, and just thinking about the amount of people who have destroyed their lives through addiction in these walls makes the mind boggle. However this negativity is balanced by another aspect, damn, there’s some awesome art around the place, far more than the original owners would have had hanging about anyway.
The Austin-tatiously named Castle in Austin is famous for its unique street art adorned walls of concrete. Situated below what does indeed appear to be a modern castle, there is the unfinished structure of some building or other that for reasons unknown has been left as a canvas for those who use the spray can as their artistic instrument. What’s quite exceptional is that this location is a mere 10 minute walk from both the business district and the famous 6th street of Texas’ capital.
EVENTS & GIGS
The craft beer resurgence evident in Perth over the past few years has spawned one of the strongest scenes across Australia, and this is something to celebrate. And what better way, than to head to the Fremantle Esplanade Park for the inaugural Fremantle Craft Beer and Food Festival, aptly shortened to Beerfest (showing where the emphasis lies), on the 9th of November,.
Here we bring you, well, the title states it pretty damn eloquently, six bands worthy of your money. Six, is the acceptable amount of bands one should be psyched to see on the day of the event, formulated through years of case studies, painstaking research by attendance at various festivals, concerts and gigs, as well as copious amounts of science.
Keith Buckley, always the energetic frontman, encouraged pit wildness, including a circlepit the size of Amps itself (which one unlucky stage diver jumped into, rather stupidly). Well known material like 'We’rewolf' and 'Wanderlust' went down just as well as 'Ebolarama', the crowd climbing over itself to get to the front and try and grab the mic.