What’s on: clubbing, shows and gigs....................
STEERING clear of topics such as broken hearts, lost love and teenage angst, Ipswich-based indie-folk quartet Ball of String dig a little deeper into their memory bank to write a solid song. While all four members share vocal duties, guitarist Fearghal Geoghegan and singer Sean Gagen are in charge of the writing process. ‘‘One of the first songs we wrote was Memories,’’ Geoghegan says. ‘‘We tried to think of the very first memory we could remember. Sean’s was the first girl he kissed when he was six. Mine was a little stranger. I was four and my brother was sleeping in my bed and he threw up. I woke up and remember running around the house just as daylight broke and the sun was coming up through the trees.’’ Geoghegan says he and Gagen try to channel a feeling that suits a melody to create a theme. ‘‘ Africa is another track that Sean wrote. Harley Breen, The Arts Centre Gold Coast: Harley Breen performs live stand-up for Comedy in The Basement. Show at 8pm. Tickets $22. Kaffene, Currumbin RSL: Kaffene cover soul, classic rock, R’n’B, funk and pop hits. Show at 7pm. Free entry. It’s about a person growing through life who realises things aren’t always a breeze,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s about change and how people adapt to change.’’ Gagen started Ball of String as a solo project before embracing Geoghegan last year. In February, the band expanded to include drummer Mitch Clark and bassist Sam Bianchi and the quartet are now working on their debut EP. Ball of String play their first Coast gig this weekend and Geoghegan promises an ‘‘open, funny and honest’’ show. ‘‘I can’t stand bands who play song after song and don’t say anything. We want to engage the audience.’’
– ROSE SADLEIR Dubmarine and Kingfisha, The Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay: Dancehall reggae band Dubmarine team up with Brisbane’s Kingfisha for a double headliner show. Chocolate Strings and King Krazy support. Tickets $15. Mirror Mirror, EAST: Hendonism presents Mirror Mirror with dual silk air routines from the Aerial Angels. Nina Las Vegas, Elsewhere: Triple J host Nina Las Vegas mashes club hits. Resident Giv supports. Tickets $20. Jackson, Komune: Jackson jumps behind the decks for Smokin’ Hot Saturdays. Show at 7pm. DJ Turhan and Ash Tobia, Love Nightlife: DJ Turhan and Ash Tobia spin 1990s R’n’B favourites. The Beam, Currumbin RSL: Duo covers new and old hits. Show at 7pm. Free entry. Probably DJs, Swingin’ Safari: Probably DJs spin funk, soul and hip hop. Show at 8pm. Tickets $10. Chevrolets, Southport Sharks: Live rock’n’roll hits from artists and bands such as The Beatles, Ricky Nelson, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Cliff Richard, Elvis and Chuck Berry. Show at 8.30pm. Free entry. Marie Wilson, The Loft, Chevron Island: Melbourne’s Marie Wilson plays live. Kristy Apps supports. Show at 8pm.
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Ball of String, Tuesday’s Good, Clashing Colours and Sean Thomas play The Loft tomorrow night.