Queensland Music Awards 2019

Royal International Convention Centre – Tuesday 19 March 2019

The 2019 Queensland Music Awards (QMA’s) were an amazing showcase of how strong and diverse the Queensland music scene is. The awards were hosted by Patience Hodgson (The Grates) and comedian Mel Buttle and featured performances from DZ Deathrays, Amy Shark, William Barton and Clea.

Clea and Emily Wurramara both were dual recipients (Clea for the Pop category and Song of the Year and Emily Wurramara for the Indigenous and Blues and Roots categories). Other winners included Tia Gostelow for Album of the Year and Pool Shop who took out the Billy Thorpe Scholarship. For a full list of winners and photos from the night see below.

Song of the Year – Clea (Dreaming)
Album of the Year – Tia Gostelow (Thick Skin)
Billy Thorpe Scholarship – Pool Shop
Rock – Jungle Giants (Used to Be In Love)
Export Achievement Award – Confidence Man
Electronic/Dance – The Kite String Tangle (Give it Time feat. AALIAS)
Pop – Clea (Dreaming)
Hip Hop/Rap – Resin Dogs (Pack Your Bags)
Singer Songwriter – Amy Shark (I Said Hi)
Peoples Choice Awards – Metro Venue – The Triffid
Regional – Sahara Beck (Here We Go Again)
Indigenous – Emily Wurramara (Lady Blue)
World/Folk – Asha Jeffries (Everybody Talks)
Jazz – The Biology of Plants (Long Black)
Peoples Choice Awards – Festival of the Year – The Big Pineapple Festival
Blues/Roots – Emily Wurramara (Tap Sticks)
Country – Emma Beau (Wild Heart)
Heavy – Dead Letter Circus (The Armour You Own)
Soul/Funk/RnB – Mark Peric (The Sound of Light)
Peoples Choice Awards – Regional Venue – NightQuarter
Schools – Tokyo Twilight (Little Things feat. DVNA)
Video – Buttah (Ghost in the Machine)
Grant McLennan Lifetime Achievement Award – Henry ‘Seaman’ Dan

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War on Women

The Crowbar Brisbane Tuesday 12 March 2019

War on Women – photo Bec Harbour

First things first – I owe this gig to the tenacity of my friend Scott who contacted War on Women and suggested that if they wanted a photographer for their Brisbane gig that I’d be a good one. War on Women were supporting Converge on their Australian tour after the Download festivals (come on bring this festival to Brisbane!).

War on Women released their album, Capture the Flag in April last year. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this band is another punk band singing angry love songs, they have strong feminist, political and societal commentary to share.

The band tore through a solid set with singer Shawna Potter engaging with her audience – leaping in at one point, quite a few had come primarily to catch War on Women. I was so caught up with the energy of their set that I found myself forgetting to take photos (a hallmark of a great gig for me). The front row of punters were screaming along to everything they played.

Listen to this bands lyrics, they have an important message to share. They also have a perfect platform to deliver this, through music. I hope they do more festivals where people can discover them, engage with their messages and make a change, even just in themselves.

Tape/Off – ‘Vigorous Lover’ tour

Black Bear Lodge – 1 March 2019

Tape/Off – photo Bec Harbour

I saw Tape/Off at the Valley Drive In during BIGSOUND 2018, all I could hear was a wall of sound coming from behind the Brightside, and I wanted to know more. I checked them out on their Triple J Unearthed and Facebook profiles later on and realised that their favourite bands included many of mine. I like a noisy band.

Tape/Off – photo Bec Harbour

Tape/Off released ‘Broadcast Park’ last year just before BIGSOUND and the latest single ‘Vigorous Lover’ is a step away from their usual sound dynamic. Cnt Evn, Minor Premiers and Requin as supports were thematic choices with their own brands of quality noise.

Tape/Off played a solid set that included ‘Wake in Fright’, ‘Micronation’ and ‘Day In, Day Out’ and of course ‘Vigorous Lover’. ‘Vigorous Lover’ shows the melodic chops the band has and some clever lyric play: “She wanted a vigorous lover, that would go all night, I’m not such a vigorous lover, but I go alright…”

Get and see Tape/Off, especially if you like noise in abundance. The tour namesake single ‘Vigorous Lover’ shows a bit of a sardonic side through the lyrics and softer sound that you might not realise Tape/Off possess.

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Orbital

The Triffid – 27 February 2019

Orbital at the Triffid – photo Bec Harbour

Orbital came along for me when guitar based music was at a slow ebb and I was having a hard time finding anything that sounded new and exciting – I found their mix of electronic and samples of music I loved (Butthole Surfers Sweat Loaf anyone?). Friends who had experienced their live shows let me know that I was in for an amazing experience covering this show. I thought I would never get to see them live with them splitting in 2004 and again in 2017.

Rebel Yell began the night with a solid DJ set that warmed the crowd up for the main event. Paul and Phil Hartnoll came out to a crowd that was ready to dance filling their set with well known songs such as Chime and Halcyon.

The light show was impressive (I was slightly miffed that the best imagery was on AFTER my 3 song curfew). There was a lot of abstract commentary on events around the world in the imagery that may have been lost on the crowd.

I highly recommend seeing Orbital before Paul and Phil Hartnoll decide to retire the concept again. Their unique blend of electronica, punk and ambience has never been replicated, they recreate their music live in such a way that it keeps you guessing but leave no doubt what song they are playing.