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BABE OF THE WEEK | TALISA QUIRK

Fresh off the international catwalks and straight into Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Sydney, Talisa Quirk is a force to be reckoned with. This fresh face has performed in leaps and bounds to land her first Paris catwalk this season and she certainly caught our eye during Sydney fashion week.

The beautiful Queenslander is recognised by her long blonde locks and piercing green eyes. Her debut at Alexander McQueen displays her portraying the look of the season in a dream like setting.  At 5’11’’ she towers above her competition. Her runway dominance and fashion flair place her on the road to a successful career on the modeling circuit. We can’t wait to see what is next in store for Talisa, she is fast becoming a favourite of the industry, which works in our favour, we love her!

LITTLE ODESSA | ALL NIGHT

Late last year Brisbane band Little Odessa released their bangin’ summer anthem ‘All Night’. To accompany the tune the dudes have put out a super fun clip. The clip was directed by Jaymis Loveday (what a fucking radd last name). Loveday filmed four individual performance videos of each band member and projected it on top of the guys slumbering away in bed. Any excuse to sleep is good. I’m not sure how I’d go about having my own image projected on me while I’m asleep for a whole seven hours. Props to them, it was well worth it for the 2.38 min track!

GETTING TO KNOW | BONJAH

We caught up with four-piece blues and roots band BONJAH recently ahead of the release of their third studio album, Beautiful Wild.  The highly anticipated album was written across 18 months, thematically exploring love – the highs, the lows, and everything in between. The second track is Honey, the lead single from the record, and the boys came in for a stripped back version at BED REC STUDIOS as well as a little chat with our own editor-in-chief, Laura.

Beautiful Wild  is a sterling effort from BONJAH- a daring, adventurous offering that is true to their roots with something extra for everybody. The album drops digitally tomorrow, with BONJAH celebrating its release at The Corner Hotel on May 9, before heading on a string of dates in the UK and Germany.

Check out the full interview, plus acoustic performance below!

Getting To Know | Bonjah from semplesizeTV on Vimeo.

FRONT ROW | MICHELLE XEN

In the interest of full-disclosure, I’ll get this out in the open; I really don’t like synth-pop. At all.

I don’t like the way it sounds, I don’t like the way it looks, I don’t like that it is a genre populated mostly by talentless twinks who spent more time on their hair than their E.P. and hide their depthless, empty music behind a film of glitter, and a contrived stage-show built around pouting, posing and aping Ziggy Stardust. So you will understand the confusion I felt when I found myself watching visual artist, producer and vocalist Michelle Xen’s most recent project Michelle Xen + the Neon Wild at Melbourne’s infamous Revolver Bandroom and loving every second of it.

Picture if you can, the tableaux that blends visual art, fashion, music and performance; Xen standing centre stage in a shimmering baby-doll dress that looks like something Jeremy Scott would craft out of of melted stars and black latex frog-skin if he were a character in a Douglas Adams novel. Surrounding her are the Neon Wild, all wearing executioner’s hoods made of fluorescent yellow, and black mesh, Blade runner make-up or feather headdresses that could have been stolen from some kind of phase-walking Aztec blood-priest, all holding their instruments with the confident ease of accomplished musicians, exuding competence and reassuring presence without a hint of contrived pretence. They launched into flawless, 80’s inspired, heavy bass, dark-house, disco-synth pop and the most high-energy, maximum fun set I’ve seen in a very long time.

Of the instruments I recognise a keytar, a cyborg drum kit that is equal parts crackling, popping digital effects pads, primal, acoustic snares, heavy, house-y bass beat, some kind of esoteric digital bass/guitar/sonic shovel that probably also shoots lasers as well as it does music, an enormous synth played by a bull-necked, broad shouldered blacksmith of a man who is by far the most enthusiastic, energetic key tickler I’ve ever seen, swinging his instrument from side to side on its legs, hefting it off the ground, dancing and jumping about in a way that could be most readily be described as ‘zealous’ and ‘unselfconscious’ without ever missing a note.

Xen’s operatic, emotion-laden voice floats, bounces and dives, tastefully making use of electronic, ‘robot voice’ effects without ever hiding behind them, combined with an engrossing stage presence, unpretentious dance moves that you feel like you should be able to copy but somehow know you couldn’t pull off and multiple costume changes to produce a complete visual and aural experience that is extremely polished and expertly performed but prevented from ever feeling contrived or over-done by the high-calibre songwriting and honesty of the entire groups performance.

So while you may think you don’t like electro-pop, if you haven’t had the Michelle Xen + the Neon Wild experience, you really don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about. If you’re a fan of the genre, then you need to buy their E.P. ASAP; there is nobody doing this kind of music half as capably, creatively or excitingly and you need it in your life.

Words by Skinny Longlegs | Snaps by Laura Semple

GIG GUIDE | CASUAL BAND BLOGGER 1st BIRTHDAY

CASUAL BAND BLOGGER is turning one, and celebrating by joining RUBY TUESDAY at The Workers Club for a night featuring some acts CBB loves.

 With ANIMAL SHADOWS coming all the way from Adelaide, LISTERDALE from country Victoria and local boys VOWEL MOVEMENT, it’s set to be a killer night of talented Aussie musicians.

CASUAL BAND BLOGGER

FIRST BIRTHDAY

TUESDAY APRIL 22ND

THE WORKERS CLUB

8PM | $5

Check out Vowel Movement’s new video clip below!