Ber­tie to hit road with boys

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE 'N' LOUD - – KATE HICK­SON

HAND-PICKED to sup­port Go­tye on his na­tional tour in De­cem­ber, singer song­writer Ber­tie Black­man (pic­tured) pre­pares by hit­ting the road with other Aussie rock­ers Me­nan­gle indie dar­lings The Rubens this month. The Rubens have ex­ploded on the scene af­ter form­ing only last year. ‘‘They are re­ally down-to-earth guys, very hum­ble,’’ she says of her tour mates. ‘‘I’m the only girl on tour, so am com­pletely out­num­bered, but that’s all right. I’m tough. We travel sep­a­rately, then do sound checks and eat sand­wiches to­gether, noth­ing too crazy. Liv­ing the rock star life­style ages you, so I try to take it easy.’’ But Black­man has been tak­ing it any­thing but easy ca­reer-wise lately, hav­ing re­cently per­formed at Splen­dour in the Grass, re­leas­ing a new al­bum, book­ing a tour with Go­tye, cre­at­ing her al­bum art­work, and more. Boy is the sec­ond sin­gle lifted from Black­man’s forth­com­ing al­bum Pope In­no­cent X which is re­leased to­mor­row and is the long-awaited fol­low up to 2009’s ac­claimed Se­crets and Lies. ‘‘This al­bum is a lot of dif­fer­ent sto­ries from my child­hood, some real and some ob­scure fan­tasy,’’ she says. ‘‘I grew up with ec­cen­tric peo­ple. My fam­ily were artists, so I had this colourful, amaz­ing, so­cial up­bring­ing. If I can’t re­mem­ber cer­tain parts of my life, I have made them up, us­ing a child­like imag­i­na­tion as op­posed to my adult imag­i­na­tion. I’m feel­ing re­ally proud about this piece of work. It’s taken my whole ca­reer to get to a point to make some­thing like this. I wanted to make my mark.’’ Black­man has also fol­lowed in the foot­steps of her fa­mous fa­ther, artist Charles Black­man, by cre­at­ing the al­bum art for her new record. ‘‘I’ve dab­bled in draw­ing and paint­ing but I’ve never re­ally done any­thing like this be­fore,’’ she said. ‘‘I’ve al­ways been a bit self-con­scious about it, but this time, it felt like a nat­u­ral thing to do. Each im­age is in­spired by the songs, so they go to­gether. My mum is re­ally proud.’’

The Rubens and Ber­tie Black­man play Coolan­gatta Ho­tel tonight. Doors open 8pm.

Ve­loci­rap­tor, Page 40

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