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Synthetica is something of a landmark album for Canadian indie synth rockers Metric. Singer Emily Haines said that for her, the record is all about “forcing yourself to confront what you see in the mirror when you finally stand still long enough to catch a reflection.” It’s a typically-cryptic statement from Haines, but thankfully keyboard player and long-time collaborator James Shaw is able to shed some light on what exactly she means: “In the past, her writing process has always been that before each record, she would go away somewhere and disappear into total isolation for a few months,” he explains. “She would find inspiration outside of herself, get out of her head. This time around, she didn’t do that, so her writing became more about her, about her experiences, about how she fits in, and her life. She wasn’t writing about external things. For the first time, she was writing about herself.”
Michael Lucas and Peter Templeman met in film school, started writing together after they graduated in 2005, and spent the last five-or-so years pushing one out, as it were. The result is Not Suitable For Children, an extremely likeable rom-com starring the extremely likeable Aussie expat Ryan Kwanten and rising star Sarah Snook, about two 20-something friends coming to terms with the idea of parenthood after one of them is diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Cake Reap The Harvest By Andrew Geeves “I love your city. It’s well situated,” is the closest John McCrea comes to small talk. Speaking from an early evening in Oakland, California – a city the Cake frontman drolly articulates as similar to Sydney in being “well situated geographically” – McCrea gives me more than I bargain [...]
Falko doesn’t give a shit if you like this record. The attitude of Andrew Falkous, and his bands’ breathlessly energetic tunes, are the reason that the fans love him. For most it doesn’t even matter which incarnation they’re hearing – from the defunct mclusky to current project Future Of The Left – as long as there’s dollops of snarl and shredding. The band hint at this in the album’s liner notes where they cheekily declare, “Without you all we would only be 87 percent as good.”
Interviewing Bill Bailey comes with a small caveat: he reads everything. So be nice, or you might end up in his show. One hapless journalist who referred to Bailey’s “egg-shaped head” and hair that “flows like a shower curtain down his back”, ended up having their description mocked on stage every night, in his show Part Troll. “People get very creative in their descriptions of my physical demeanour,” Bailey admits. “I don’t have a team of image consultants, much as you may find that surprising. It’s down to my own laziness, I suppose, it’s something that’s not really bothered me. I’m aware of it, because they say ‘Ooh, you look like this, you look like that’, and every single review – ‘Oh, the wurzel-head, the bearded thing’, and I think, ‘Cor, blimey, I hadn’t really paid it much attention.’”