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Emerging Writers Festival 21st – 30th May

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You’ll never find AC/DC fanatics, chest rug wielding discofreaks, burlesque dancers and budding writers within a 10 foot radius of each other. Each seperately, or the combination of all may pique your interest, depending on how eclectic your tastes are. If you fall happen to fall into the former category, then my dear friend the Emerging Writers Festival is for you. It kicks off from the 21st-30th May in Melbourne and will host a flurry of diverse events.

If you want to get a sneak peek of all the wacky events to come during EWF, then head down to The Atrium at Fed Square tomorrow (15th of May) where Maxine Clark, Angela Meyer &Phillip Thiel will be talking about writing in an online world.

Here are some highlights of the festival you should consider checking out.

Date: Friday 21st May, from 7.30pm
BMW Edge, Federation Square

The official opening of the 7th Emerging Writers’ Festival, The First Word is A night of performance, comedy, spoken word, burlesque, music and poetry.

Featuring — Myke Bartlett, Josh Earl, Amy Espeseth, Toni Jordan, Alison Mann, Michaela McGuire, Kate Mclennan, Craig Schuftan, Michael Williams and more.


Date: Tuesday 25 May, 6pm
Horse Bazaar, 397 Lt Londsdale St

If you’re around town on the 25th of May – Triple J’s Craig Schuftan will be giving the world’s first ‘Disco lecture’. Presenting both sides of the ‘disco sucks’ argument, you’ll be hearing about The Frankfurt School, Theodore Adorno and white leather jumpsuits all in the one sham bang.


Date: Thursday 27 May, from 7.30pm
BMW Edge, Federation Square

Hosted by RRR presenter/music writer/comedian Clem Bastow, ACDC will be given a different sort of spotlight with new songs, poems, standup and performance pieces prepared in response to the backlist of the legendary rockers.

Featuring — Emilie Zoey Baker, Kate Boston-Smith, Susan Carland, The V Dentatas, Luke Devine, Ash Flanders, Karen Pickering, Ben Pobjie and Sean M. Whelan.

Cloud Control – 'There's Nothing In The Water We Can't Fight'


Cloud Control – ‘There’s Nothing In The Water We Can’t Fight’ (mp3)

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Sydney’s Cloud Control made a mark in blogging circles with their previous single the unforgettable ‘Gold Canary’. This time I would like to highlight the track There’s Nothing In The Water We Can’t Fight, taken from their debut album ‘Bliss Release’. From a collection of indie gems, this track is the outstanding crown jewel that caught my attention with its amazing melodies, counter-melodies and lyrics. ‘Bliss Release’ is truly an album for the 2010 indie rock fan and I’m glad I got to hear this one early. Their album is out tomorrow in Australia so go get it!

Cameras – ‘June’

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Cameras – ‘June’ (mp3)

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Sometimes I like to listen to music that soothes my rage rather than feeding it. Sydney’s Cameras make music that is perfect for this, with the added bonus of a heavy Tori Amos influence. Boy do I love me some Tori.
‘June’ is anchored by a piano part that sounds heavy on the hands and the sustain pedal, as vocalist Eleanor slurs her way through the song, picking up tasteful flourishes of guitar and drums along the way. It’s about as ambient as a pop song can get, really.

If you’re interested in the large amount if ‘industry’ ups they’ve received, check out their MySpace.
If you’re interested in seeing them live, they’re supporting Big Scary in the next couple of weeks.

Richard In Your Mind – ‘I Will’

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Richard In Your Mind – ‘I Will’ (mp3)

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I won’t go on about these guys too much. Mostly  because you’ve already read about them this past fortnight on account of the impending release of their latest, SPOD-produced album ‘My Volcano’ (artwork above). ‘I Will’ is a departure from the cut-n-paste experiments of their Summertime EP. If those songs were an Australian answer to ‘chillwave,’ then ‘I Will’ leans closer to Australian ‘blisswave’ (see, they’re relevant). Chilled atmosphere, beach, harmonies, melodies, old-school vibe, guitars etc etc. Apparently SPOD’s production flourishes peek out more on other tracks, but ‘I Will’ is pretty straight-up introduction to what will probably be a great album.

Big Scary – 'Autumn'

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Big Scary – ‘Autumn’ (mp3)

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I don’t handle sentimental, saccharine songs well. ‘Autumn’ is one of them. Jonathan Boulet’s ‘Community Service Announcement‘ had the same effect last year. They all begin with a small waver of nostalgic piano, and stir you up with rousing irredescent beats. Then at the pivotal moment, they break into glorious, elevating Arcade Fire-type melodies, spilling out a plethora of maudlin hues that poke and prod at all your memories of good times, shit breakups and old friends – turning you into a pathetic blabbering mess. Then again, I’m a walking emotional disaster. You’ll probably think just it’s a reasonably good song.

Big Scary have been around for quite a few years now. Although the living room fuzz of their older tracks are equally as likable, their newer and somewhat mellower approach has received a bit more buzz around town lately. Their track ‘Autumn’ is currently featuring in TV spots for the Victorian government’s volunteer campaign.

Deriving inspiration from the sensory experiences of nature, Big Scary are bringing out four offerings that will be released in seasonal installments – ‘Autumn’, ‘Winter’, ‘Spring‘ and ‘Summer’. The movements from each of these EPs will feature on the ‘Four Seasons Compilation’, due for release in January 2011.
You’ll be definitely hearing a lot more from these guys.