Back in fash­ion

Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE -

IT has been seven years since Perth rock band End Of Fash­ion re­leased new ma­te­rial.

But the wait is al­most over, with fans able to get their first glimpse of the new al­bum-in-mak­ing at two in­ti­mate shows this month in Fremantle.

Front­man Justin Bur­ford said while he never stopped writ­ing songs, it was four or five years ago that he “bought a whole demo-ing sta­tion”, which got him “back”.

“I was ex­plor­ing lots of dif­fer­ent gen­res and lots of dif­fer­ent styles and re-ex­er­cis­ing that writ­ing and pro­duc­ing mus­cle,” he said.

“Then it was prob­a­bly a year ago, I com­piled all of these songs – the work I’d done for the pre­vi­ous four or five years – and it was a de­cent hand­ful of tunes that im­me­di­ately struck me as hav­ing that End Of Fash­ion sound.

“I thought ‘this could eas­ily be in­ter­preted with a band’, so that’s what got me back on board think­ing about End Of Fash­ion in that way again.”

He de­scribed the new ma­te­rial, which is ex­pected to be re­leased as an LP in early 2020, as THE truth is out there dur­ing this year’s Dis­rupted Fes­ti­val of Ideas at the State Li­brary of WA, July 27 and 28.

The pro­gram of free events fea­tur­ing key­notes, pan­els and in­ti­mate con­ver­sa­tions has been de­signed to ini­ti­ate de­bate on truth, in­clud­ing how to har­ness your own truth and how to un­cover mis­truths that have in­fil­trated our ev­ery­day lives.

Pop­u­lar Syd­ney-based sci­ence com­mu­ni­ca­tor and au­thor Dr Karl Kruszel­nicki will present a key­note on What is Truth? and a one-on-one con­ver­sa­tion with neu­ro­sci­en­tist Pro­fes­sor Alan Har­vey about the phys­i­ol­ogy and re­li­a­bil­ity of our memories.

“I’ll be talk­ing about how eas­ily peo­ple are fooled by lies,” Kruszel­nicki said.

“And how there are some peo­ple who like telling lies and how we be­lieve all sorts of wrong be­ing the “sis­ter al­bum” to the band’s de­but self­ti­tled record in 2006.

“There’s an old say­ing that you’ve got your whole life to write your first record and then every­thing af­ter that is done on the fly or feels a lit­tle bit more rushed,” Bur­ford said.

“So we are re­cap­tur­ing that spirit of just be­ing a band and be­ing a song­writer in a band. It sounds like a group of friends play­ing mu­sic to­gether stuff.

“Have you heard of an­tiox­i­dants? Then you prob­a­bly be­lieve that anti-ox­i­dants, what­ever they are, are good and sim­i­larly by ex­clu­sion, ox­i­dants, what­ever they are, would be bad.”

Known by many as sim­ply Dr Karl, the Julius Sum­ner Miller Fel­low at The Univer­sity of Syd­ney has writ­ten 45 books and has con­tin­ued to share his won­der and ex­cite­ment about all things sci­ence in the me­dia since 1981 while in med­i­cal school.

It all started af­ter NASA and that’s what we’re go­ing for again. ”

With the same line-up for the past three years, Bur­ford said they were “re­ally, re­ally ex­cited” about the up­com­ing shows at The Aard­vark (the base­ment of The Nor­folk Ho­tel).

He en­cour­aged fans old and new to “please buy a ticket”, with the hopes there would be more tour­ing to come.

“I love tour­ing and I love be­ing on the road,” he said.

“I’m not too proud to say we re­ally hope this does lead to more things and we re­ally hope we can find our au­di­ence again if they’re still there and still want some mu­sic.

“The new songs are slid­ing in re­ally, re­ally eas­ily so that’s what peo­ple can ex­pect.

“I’m cu­ri­ous to hear the feed­back and get peo­ple’s re­ac­tions. As much as song­writ­ers say they write songs for them­selves, there’s an au­di­ence to con­sider.” clas­si­fied him as non-astro­naut ma­te­rial.

“The Amer­i­cans wouldn’t take me on the space shut­tle so I walked into Dou­ble J to talk about the space shut­tle launch in­stead,” he said.

“I've just stayed in the me­dia since then.

“I just love sharing knowl­edge and help­ing make peo­ple’s lives bet­ter, so they live longer and have a health­ier and hap­pier life­span.”

View the full Dis­rupted Fes­ti­val of Ideas pro­gram at www.dis­rupted.slwa. wa.gov.au.

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