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Acts Seen:

Imaginary Cities, Boy in a Box, Emma Louise, World’s End Press, Evil Eddie, The Jungle Giants, Little Scout, DZ Deathrays, Jonathan Boulet, San Cisco, Oscar and Martin, The Adults, Eagle and the Worm, Seals

I went into Big Sound Live with one goal – to only see bands I had never seen live before. The thing with this showcase is that it can be so easy to go see the acts you know will be good (Ball Park Music, Velociraptor, The Cairos, The Paper Scissors, Inland Sea etc etc) but for me that seems to kind of defeat the whole purpose. Isn’t the whole idea to help punters discover new local bands and showcase local emerging artists? I mostly succeeded, I had seen a bit of Little Scout earlier this year at Belle and Sebastian and I heard a bit of World’s End Press at Splendour in the Grass but for the most part I saw a lot of acts I had never seen before, or even heard of before.

Highlights:

World’s End Press – I stayed around to catch their whole set and it was well worth it. A genre I can only describe as retro electro, they’re very 80s complete with the loud shirts and bad awesome dancing. Lots of synths and grooving basslines. I compared them to a more subdued !!! (Chk Chk Chk) – well worth seeing again.

Oscar and Martin – I’m still trying to work out how I would describe these guys, because pop or RnB simply don’t cover it. They had two of the most amazing voices I’ve heard in a while and a really unique approach to their music.

Lowlights:

While there weren’t exactly any acts that I would say that I would never see ago, I felt a little let down by Emma Louise. With the amount of hype she’s had over the last couple of months, perhaps I had just set my standards too high. Or maybe it was an off night or a bad venue to see her in or the crowd was just too loud. It could have been anything, but I wasn’t blown away and I’m struggling to even remember anything about her set.

The Venues:

I managed to make it to every venue available for the event – Electric Playground, Bakery Lane, Black Bear Lodge, Ric’s, Tempo Hotel, Woodland, The Aviary and the Zoo.

It was actually my first time to Black Bear Lodge and I was quite impressed! I never thought the atmosphere of the Troubadour (RIP) could be matched, but Black Bear Lodge could even be an improvement. Lots of seating at the back and just generally a more open feel, I’m excited to return to this venue at some point.

Electric Playground was certainly an interesting choice of venue, but it seemed to work out okay. The sound was okay, the stage set up was okay, the scantily clad girls taking drink orders on the floor was a bit out of place but overall it’s an okay small venue. I don’t see it turning into a live music venue full time but it would be interesting to have the odd show here and there.

The only venue I was disappointed in was The Aviary. Absolutely no airflow, and beyond packed both times I went. I swear it was over capacity for Jonathan Boulet judging by the amount of people crammed into the stairwell between The Aviary and Birdees.

The Verdict:

It’s one of those ‘the more acts you see, the more you’ll enjoy it’ kind of events. It’s nice to be able to move around between different venues, and it’s nice to see members of local bands wandering around seeing other acts as well. I felt like I probably enjoyed last year a little bit more, but for the most part this year was very enjoyable and it was great to be able to see some bands I probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

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Local boys the Cairos are about to head off on another tour on the back of their Summer Catalogue EP. I got a chance to ask lead guitarist Alfio Alivuzza a few questions about the touring life and signing to a major record label.

Have any of the band members actually ever been to Cairo?

Unfortunately no! Cairo came to us and we’ve yet to return the favour… Mind you there’s only oneCairoand four of us.

Can you walk us through how the four of you got together?

Three of us went to the same high school and soon after, realising our mutual crushes on various shredders we decided we would emulate our heroes together.  BC [drums] floated in somewhere but that’s another story….

Who have been some of your main influences in forming the Cairos’ sound?

With four vastly different musical tastes, it’s hard to pinpoint directly what influences go into our songwriting. Songs are usually written together in the moment and tend to be vastly different from one another. Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds soundtrack has definitely served as Inspiration more than once.

You’re just about to start another tour!  What has been the highlight of your touring adventures so far?

Running out of fuel 10 km from Gundagai, pushing the car at night on the highway past semi trailers with no hazard lights with the battery dead for four hours definitely has to be up there.

You’ve played a whole heap of shows now, how do you try to keep each performance fresh and exciting?

We never hesitate to try new songs. It gives us a chance to test out new material and understand which tracks work well and which ones don’t. There’s a lot of songs we’ve played that will more than likely never be recorded.

How has the response to your Summer Catalogue EP been?

Summer Catalogue was a collection or songs we wrote and recorded only months after our Lost At Sea EP was released. After much debate the decision to release the songs over a year later proved to be worthwhile and we are very thankful for the positive encouragement people have bestowed upon us.

You seem to have played at almost every venue in Brisban. Where is your favourite place to play and what do you love about playing in Brisbane?

I think venue wise, The Tivoli always brings out the best in us. Both in performance and fun. (the healthy rider helps too!). [Brisbane] is the place we have measured our goals and milestones. Many of our greatest musical memories have been in this city.

I read that you guys recently signed to Island Records – what will this mean for the band?

It pretty much means if we don’t sell a lot of records we’re doomed! Fortunately they will be too so they’ll be working extra hard to put our name out there. I hope haha…

I hear that you’re about to head into the studio to start recording your third release – what can we expect?

Some older songs we’ve been playing for around a year some newer fresh songs. With Wayne Connolly producing were hoping to have a lot more focus in the songwriting and then finally release an up to date product from the Cairos! (Although who knows how long until these songs are released!)

What does the future hold for the Cairos?

Parenthood and then old age and then hopefully we’ll be stuffed and passed on through the ages.

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This coming weekend, June 12-13, Unconvention Brisbane will be held at The Edge in South Bank (near the Cultural Centre). Unconvention is a world renowned not for profit music conference for DIY and independent promoters, labels, entrepreneurs, writers, technologists, innovators and artists. The creators stress that they aren’t concerned with “discovering rock stars” but instead would rather focus on the community within the city who want to work in the music industry. The goal of the conference is to bring like-minded individuals together to discuss the future of music in Brisbane and how it will change and develop over the coming years.

The conference is held over two days and features panel discussions and networking events, as well as a free, all-ages independent music showcase on the Saturday night. The main panel discussions address ‘music as a service’, ‘music as a product’, ‘music and media’, ‘music, technology and entrepreneurialism’ and ‘music as culture’. Some of the speakers include Everett True, Andrew Stafford, Andrew McMillen, Steve Bell, Maggie Collins and many many more. Check out the full program here.

The music showcase will feature local Brisbane acts Laneous & the Family Yah, Lion Island, the Cairos and Hunz.

This sounds like an exciting opportunity to get involved and be part of the discussions about the ever changing music scene in Brisbane. Not to mention a chance to put faces to a few names (for me at least!). Hopefully, if the conference is successful, this can become an annual event to help build a strong local community.

Tickets are priced at $20 for access to both days. Click here to book via OzTix. Come and say hi if you see me there!

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