Spin Doc­tor and CD re­views

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Contents - Iain Shed­den spin­doc@theaus­tralian.com.au

THE lo­cal tour­ing cir­cuit has been buzzing of late, but Aussie hip-hop he­roes Bliss n Eso spent a week or so this month en­ter­tain­ing au­di­ences over­seas for whom tour­ing is not so much a plea­sure as a duty. The three-piece Syd­ney out­fit — MC Bliss (Jonathan Not­ley), MC Eso (Max MacK­in­non) and DJ Izm (Tarik Ej­ja­mai) — per­formed five shows in the Mid­dle East for our troops, get­ting an ex­tremely warm re­cep­tion, as can be seen in the pic­ture. The shows, or­gan­ised by Forces En­ter­tain­ment, part of the Aus­tralian De­fence Force, were the first of that kind Bliss n Eso have played. ‘‘We are all about peace, love and unity and we cer­tainly don’t sup­port war and con­flict,’’ said MC Bliss. ‘‘How­ever, we do sup­port our fel­low Aus­tralians no mat­ter where they are or what jobs they are tasked with. To be able to play shows for th­ese guys and give them some pos­i­tiv­ity in a tough sit­u­a­tion is some­thing we could not pass up.’’ Good on them. They fol­low in the foot­steps of such Aussie pop lu­mi­nar­ies as Kylie Minogue and, er, Hamish & Andy. AT the risk of be­com­ing the Hunters & Col­lec­tors weekly news­let­ter, we must note the group’s re­nais­sance went into over­drive this week with the re­lease of the trib­ute al­bum

Cru­cible (see re­view above), their per­for­mance at the AFL grand fi­nal to­day and the an­nounce­ment of a na­tional tour that stretches from Jan­uary un­til April next year. The band will per­form a string of dates in winer­ies as part of the A Day on the Green tour­ing se­ries, with Some­thing for Kate, You Am I, Bri­tish In­dia and Diesel among those lend­ing their sup­port. In ad­di­tion Hun­nahs will play Mel­bourne’s Palais The­atre and Syd­ney’s En­more The­atre in April. Singer Mark Sey­mour was in nos­tal­gic mood about the band’s hey­day when the tour was an­nounced. ‘‘It was very much about be­ing in a pub and hav­ing thou­sands of peo­ple jammed into a room, with this big, in­cred­i­ble sound,’’ said Sey­mour. ‘‘There was unity, there was pride and a to­tal lack of bull­shit.’’ Let us hope those qual­i­ties re­main in­tact as they make their pres­ence felt in the more well-heeled en­vi­ron­ment of the chardon­nay-on-a-blan­ket rock fan next year. BACK in the present, Ri­hanna’s Di­a­monds world tour is plough­ing through Aus­tralia, con­tin­u­ing tonight in Bris­bane. It seems the Amer­i­can singer has turned the raunch fac­tor up to 11, as our Perth re­viewer Polly Coufos noted with some elo­quence. ‘‘Ri­hanna shook her tail feather in a man­ner that could have knocked Mi­ley Cyrus back to pony rid­ing classes.’’ Nice. One won­ders if the up­com­ing Bey­once ex­trav­a­ganza, the Mrs Carter Show, which be­gins its Aus­tralian leg in Mel­bourne on Oc­to­ber 22, will be mod­est by com­par­i­son. Of course it’s all about the mu­sic, re­ally. FI­NALLY this week, some pause for thought on mat­ters of the French horn. New re­search from the uni­ver­si­ties of Queens­land and Syd­ney has re­vealed French horn play­ers are among the mu­si­cians most likely to suf­fer hear­ing loss in the course of their du­ties. A study of 144 such in­di­vid­u­als at­tend­ing a con­fer­ence (they have con­fer­ences?) in Bris­bane re­vealed one third of them suf­fered from some form of hear­ing loss. Cries of ‘‘you’ll have to speak up’’ pro­longed the keynote speech by a half-hour, we are led to be­lieve. Or maybe not. One rea­son put for­ward for the poor hear­ing is that only 18 per cent of those in­ter­viewed wore pro­tec­tion such as earplugs while per­form­ing.

Bliss n Eso in Afghanistan

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.