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by Tina Walsh (subscribe)
A thirty-something music appreciator with a passion for blues, funk, reggae, jazz and soul. I love uncovering new acts and CDs to buy at live gigs. Follow me on twitter @tinajwalsh
Update February 2nd 2013
UPDATE FROM 4SENSES - Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, HITS will no longer be available to play 4Senses. The good news is that, Ben Salter and the lads from the Giants of Science will step into a great set of rock and roll shoes to take their place.

Update January 22nd 2013
4Senses has offered a double-pass to one lucky WeekendNotes reader. To enter, use ten words or less to say why you should win, including your full name and email address. Entries close 5pm, Wednesday 6 February and the winner will be contacted by email.

Raising money for Deaf Australia
Following on from the success of the 4Senses event in March 2012, another event has been slated for Saturday 9 February, 2013.

4Senses is a multi-senses experience specifically to bring live music and visual art / multimedia presentations to the deaf and hard of hearing. I went along to the first event and I was blown away by the different ways you can experience the sound through subwoofer seats (where attendees can sit on a box that the bass is pumped through) and balloons, and the lyrics through projections and Auslan interpretors. Although I don't know Auslan, the sign language of Australian deaf people, there were some gestures which I found obvious, easy to understand, and even amusing.

The event has secured the following bands to perform live on Saturday 9 February:

Drawn From Bees

What can I say about Drawn From Bees? I discovered their music recently, and I think they are considerably underrated; I love their music. Calling themselves indie / alternative / art-rock, their lyrics paint rich imagery and their music is moving. Headlining at 4Senses will give them the opportunity to showcase their talent to a broader audience.


I don't know much about this band, but they call themselves punk / rock / roots, they have a lead singer known as Evil Dick, and they have two chicks on guitars, one of whom used to be in Gazoonga Attack, which I've heard good things about, so I reckon they will bring an energetic, in-your-face, kind of performance.

The Stress of Leisure

Describing themselves as jangly guitar pop, sunny post punk overtones, I saw band members Ian Powne and Pascalle Burton perform recently at Waxing Lyrical, read more here.

The Royal Artillery

The Royal Artillery call themselves heavy blues influenced stoner rock, and will be one of the heavier live performances on the night. Playing as part of Blues, Rock, Riot, they'll be a real treat on the night. Be sure to gently hug a balloon for the feelings of drum and bass during their performance.

We All Want To, 4Senses, March 2012

During the evening you can learn Auslan. At the last event, I learned how to say "I am hearing" after struggling to communicate to people who were signing at me during the evening, similar to how you'd learn to say "I speak English" to someone speaking to you in a foreign language.

Proceeds from the night will go to Deaf Australia, and tickets are available in advance for $20 plus booking fee, or $30 at the door. To keep up-to-date about the event, like 4Senses' Facebook site here.
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Why? Learn Auslan while enjoying local live music
When: Saturday 9 February 2013
Where: Bridge Club (upstairs at the Irish Club)
Cost: pre-sales $20 plus bf, $30 at the door
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