Title Fight, Luca Brasi, Toy Boats. 07/03/2013 Sun Distortion Studios, Albion.
After releasing their impressive effort, Floral Green in September of last year, Pennsylvania’s Title Fight return to Australian shores for a string of small, sold out club shows. After their controversy-ridden performance at the Old Museum for their Brisbane debut appearance in 2010, there is a buzzing expectation amidst the all ages crowd of Albion’s Sun Distortion Studios.
Touche Amore/Pianos Become the Teeth
I’ve always loved the idea and ethic of split releases. You’ll buy a 7’ for one side and are able to be exposed to a band that you might never have heard otherwise. Sometimes, you get lucky and have a suspect idea what to expect from both sides. Are these tracks a taste of things to come for the two acts or a chance to momentarily depart from their previous works to further explore their sonic potential? Time will tell, but if this offering is anything to go by, the future’s looking bright for these merchants of melancholy.
Pennsylvania’s Title Fight have been heralded as the front-runners of the modern wave of punk that has infiltrated social media sites across the web. Their latest release, Floral Green, should not change their status as Side One Dummy’s more renowned exports. Continue reading “Title Fight – Floral Green”
WHAT GOD DOESN’T GIVE TO YOU…
Has Laura Jane Grace found Total Clarity?
by Rob Knaggs
In May of 2012, Josh Eells of Rolling Stone released a story titled The Secret Life of Tom Gabel; an article detailing the interview between the music magazine’s journalist and the frontman of Floridian punk group, Against Me!, and his decision to publicly announce his enduring plight with gender dysphoria (Eells, 2012). The condition is described as a phenomenon in which a person feels their physical appearance and anatomical sex is contrary to their gender identity. The experience is accompanied by a persistent feeling of discomfort, social anxiety and distaste for their own body (Blunden and Dale, 2009). Gabel explains his dysphoria “The cliché is that you’re a woman trapped in a man’s body, but it’s not that simple. It’s a feeling of detachment from your body and from yourself. And it’s shitty, man. It’s really fucking shitty” (Eells, 2012). Continue reading “What God Doesn’t Give To You… – Has Laura Jane Grace found Total Clarity?”
A Critical Analysis of the Performance Practice, the Originality and the Development of Davy Dillinger. A Research Paper for QUT Creative Performer by Rob Knaggs
Upon being accepted to the Queensland University of Technology, I was a competent cellist accompanied by awards in theatre with a vision of learning to adopt production technology to my own performances. Coincidently to the first weeks of semester, I was employed into a live music venue where local musicians and internationally renowned stars are both able to grace the stage, in turn, empowering me to strive to become a dynamic performing artist. For better or worse, these musical acts were all influential in how I wish to perform. As a creative performer and student of a tertiary institution, I am able to provide context to what I perform and understand the origins of what I choose portray and amplify on stage. For my end of year showcase, I will be presenting an act under the guise of Davy Dillinger, a conceptual punk rock group performing original works of my own composition. In this paper, I will discuss, intellectualize and analyse the notions of anthropologic theory and philosophy within my own creative practice. The paper will then deconstruct my performance approaches by utilizing methods within performance philosophies to then be supported by academic evidence and examples of creative artists that embody or portray these specific methods. The focus will be upon the Anthropology of Performance while also drawing on academia from Theories of the Body and Body Language. In addition to the supported inquiring analysis of my creativity, will be a discussion of my own personal development as a creative performer and how these theories are both influential and coincidently immersed into my practice. Continue reading “An Anthropologic Perspective on Creative Practice”
Progressing through my years at QUT as a Bachelor of Music student, I have realized that my perceptions and thoughts of a musical career haven’t changed much since high school; I still want to be a renowned live performer and a touring musician. What I have come to realize is that in order for this to occur, I need to create connections with established persons within my local scene. Continue reading “Connectivity and Championing Your Own Scene.”
An Academic Analysis about Washington, DC’s Fugazi
by Robert Knaggs Queensland University of Technology.
The music and accompanying culture of the 80s left alternative scenes at a confusing crosspoint. The self-depreciative ideals of ’77 punk started to intensify both musically and in their recreations while heavy metal turned to androgyny, misogyny and glamour; with their best efforts of remaining the epitome of masculinity; consequently becoming the preferred soundtrack to shopping malls and radio stations. The former displayed their own affiliations with unconscious homoeroticism and the latter became so accessible that the parents of the generation’s youth identified with the cock-rock show bands (denizcola7, 2011). This exertion of testosterone-fuelled aggression emasculated and alienated a generation into a standpoint; what’s the alternative?