View highlights from the first night of Modulations through the lens of Sydney photographer Jack Mannix, who shot these distinctive images on slide film. HTRK mesmerised before Liars pummelled their industrial pop. Meanwhile The Presets DJs killed the opening slot for the Pet Shop Boys' immersive concert experience. Mannix, also a musician who has played in Circle Pit, Drown Under and Kiosk, recently published his first full-colour artist monograph 'Precious Metals', binding a series of gritty documentary-style images that explore themes of isolation, addiction, sex and death, and cross the boundaries of both lo-fi and high-fashion photography. Buy it here.
Sydney-based Californian photographer The Unstuck Man got in the thick of Modulation's Wild Porteño, a one off collaboration between Argentine grill Porteño and LA rockabilly label Wild Records. He captured The Delta Bombers howlin' rhythms, Luis and his dangerous band The Wildfires, the beautiful Gizzelle and DJs A Man Called Stu and Rockin' Marc Rondeau, along with some great rockabilly culture portraits and Porteño's slow cooked delights.
As part of Modulations, Porteño will host a showcase of their favourite record label - LA's iconic rock n roll and rockabilly collective Wild Records - on Monday 9 June. Recently the subject of international film festival standout 'Los Wild Ones', Wild Records is a talent hot bed, predominately of young Hispanic musicians, with an uncompromising aesthetic that carries the torch from the original rockabilly legends. The close-knit roster is fathered by Irishman Reb Kennedy who we initially invited to contribute a modcast. Acknowledging that he's a purist who is extremely reluctant to embrace the digital age, we quickly realised that this Q&A would be a more accurate translation of his ideas and the true Wild culture.
Modular and Carriageworks present Modulations - a 4 day music and food collaboration as part of Vivid Sydney. Iconic Sydney restaurant, Porteño will host a 4 day rockabilly pop-up bar and grill across the long weekend. The Wild Porteño program on Monday 9 June will see renowned LA label Wild Records in Australia for the first time, with lauded rockabilly artists Gizzelle, Luis & The Wildfires and The Delta Bombers. Alongside this will be performances from award-winning electronic pop legends Pet Shop Boys and experimental musicians Liars. The Presets (DJ set) and HTRK have just been announced to support these respective shows.
The Presets will be in DJ mode as very special guests of the Pet Shop Boys on 6, 7 and 8 June. Fresh from national performances of 'Timeline', a time-bending musical odyssey through 42,000 years with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, The Presets' Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes will man the decks at Carriageworks for these 3 intimate shows. With two sell outs, tickets for the third and final Pet Shop Boys concert are running out.
Liars will be joined by Melbourne-Sydney duo HTRK, performing the minimal swell of cool room dub and arrestingly hushed vocals from their newly released 'Psychic 9-5 Club'. The mesmerising effort is the first album that members Jonnine Standish and Nigel Yang have recorded as a duo, following the 2010 death of bandmate Sean Stewart. They've previously worked with Australian icon Rowland S Howard and just launched a collaboration with emerging fashion label Pageant. Tickets for Liars and HTRK on Friday 6 June are available here.
Tickets for Liars' Modulations show at Carriageworks on Friday June 6 are now available here (the band also play the Corner Hotel in Melbourne on Thursday June 5). Always pushing the envelope with concept albums, innovative campaigns, visual art and collaboration, the LA 3-piece fit in perfectly with Modulations' exploration of how music performance, art, installation and contemporary ideas intersect, overlap and influence. Let's take a sample of some of the group's art practices and pairings over their 15 year career.
Art direction for their latest album Mess has found them incorporating multi-coloured string in different configurations. From inventive Instagram posts to shrink-wrapping balls into limited edition LPs, DIY video clips and well orchestrated press shots, this creative noodling penetrates the album's vision.
Always pushing the envelope with story albums, visual art and collaboration, LA creative 3-piece Liars fit in perfectly with Modulations exploration of how music performance, art and contemporary ideas intersect, overlap and influence. Liars have been pursuing the art of music and performance for over 15 years. Now touring their seventh record Mess, their career has seen them rattle through pigeonholes in an attempt to avoid them altogether, touching on brittle yet taught punk funk, liminal no-wave, ecstatic noise-pop, 21st-century garage rock, post-millennial post-rock and delicate electronics. From visceral live shows to DIY artwork, bold videos and conceptive album campaigns, Aaron Hemphill, Julian Gross and Australian native Angus Andrew are breathing demonstrations of Modulations' multi-disciplinary agenda.
Liars also play The Corner Hotel in Melbourne on Thursday 5 June. Tickets are available here.
From 5pm till late on Friday 6 June - Sunday 8 June, Porteño's Ben and Elvis bring together their love for food, drink, music and friends with a special pop-up experience for Modulations at Carriageworks. They'll be joined by Sydney craft beer brewers Young Henrys and open to the public, serving their Argentine grill straight from an open fire at Carriageworks to the sounds of Sydney's finest human rock'n'roll jukeboxes - Rusty (You Am I) & Boonge (Fri 6 June), Yo Grito DJs (Sat 7 June) and La Mancha Negra DJs (Sunday 8 June).
Monday 9 June culminates in Wild Porteño, a full music program that brings bands from Porteño's favourite label - the LA based Wild Records - playing prime American rock'n'roll and rockabilly live and raw. The day will feature Gizzelle's startling take on late 50s blues, r&b and early 60s soul, the thunderous commotion of Luis & The Wildfires and the holy howlin' rhythms of Las Vegas' The Delta Bombers, with vinyl delights from DJs Rockin' Marc Rondeau and A Man Called Stu. The kitchen opens at noon, with the Wild Porteño live party making a racket till late. Tickets for the Monday Wild revue are available here.
Modular and Carriageworks are joining forces to present 3 days of exclusive music performances, art and contemporary ideas as part of VIVID 2014. Grounded in music and crossing art and design, Modulations looks at where these art forms intersect, overlap and influence each other.
Running from 6-8 June and featuring an exciting spectrum of internationally renowned and emerging artists, Modulations will be headlined by multi-award winning electronic pop legends Pet Shop Boys. Known for their collaborations across music, theatre, fashion and film, Pet Shop Boys are considered the most successful duo in UK music history. Their Modulations appearance, the only Australian performance of their 2013/14 Electric world tour, will be a rare opportunity to experience a truly spectacular multi-media concert, designed by acclaimed Creative Director Es Devlin, who has previously collaborated with Kanye West, Jay Z and Lady Gaga as well as designing the 2012 London Olympic Games Closing Ceremony. The Electric show incorporates film, lasers, breath-taking costumes and choreography - along with a catalogue of hits, and will be presented in an intimate and immersive environment, with an extremely limited capacity.
Carriageworks and Modular are joining forces to present four days of exclusive music performances, art and contemporary ideas as part of VIVID 2014. Grounded in music and crossing art and design, Modulations looks at where these art forms intersect, overlap and influence each other.
06.06.2014 - Pet Shop Boys
w/ The Presets (DJ set)
06.06.2014 - Liars
07.06.2014 - Pet Shop Boys
w/ The Presets (DJ set)
08.06.2014 - Pet Shop Boys
w/ The Presets (DJ set)
09.06.2014 - Wild Porteno