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 Call of the wild / age.com juillet 2010

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Jared Leto and his band hope their music will set us free, writes Annie Stevens.

JARED Leto has a dire assessment of where he would be without music. ''I'd be homeless,'' he says.

Leto asserts that 30 Seconds to Mars, the US band he started in 1998 as vocalist and guitarist with his brother Shannon on drums, is what keeps him in the latest skinny-legged jeans. But he is perhaps better known to the masses as a Hollywood actor for his roles in films such as Fight Club, Girl, Interrupted, American Psycho, Requiem for a Dream and Alexander.

In Melbourne this week, Louisiana-born Leto is reluctant to talk about Hollywood and his acting career, which was initially only meant to be an aside to his music.

''I feel pretty lucky to be able to make music and tour. It's been an incredible year so far,'' he says, looking the part of the actor/musician with the remainder of the bleached mohawk he sported at the Paris haute couture collections earlier this year.

His band is in Australia for their Into the Wild tour, which will take the band everywhere from New York to Budapest this year.

Leto's notable experience of Melbourne so far has been limited to a somewhat lucid dream on the plane on the way here.

''I had this dream about this seagull with these really long teeth and then it turned into the size of a dog. I was swinging it like crazy to try to get it off my arm. That was the deepest sleep I've gotten in a while,'' says Leto.

''Plane dreams are the best,'' adds his brother, Shannon.

Lead guitarist Tomo Milicevic, the third member of the band, joined in 2007.

The closeness of the trio is evident in their continuous bantering and teasing. Despite the confines of touring together, there hasn't been any Oasis-style tension between the two musical brothers and Milicevic.

''[We] have a really good time and we're too focused to have petty nonsense going around,'' says Milicevic.

There's also no need to trash hotel rooms to prove their credentials as rockers.

''We like to trash the stage instead for release,'' says Shannon.

This is War, the band's third album, with its title track featuring on the soundtrack of the video game Dragon Age, was created in a particularly trying time. For much of the creative period, the band's record label was in the process of suing them for an alleged breach of contract.

''It's been difficult,'' says Jared, of the legal struggle, ''but it's helped make a stronger record. There's been a lot of magical moments.''

The band hope their fans will get some kind of connection with their music.

''To feel something, to connect in some way, to have a great time, to lose their minds and have a moment of total freedom,'' says Milicevic. ''Well said, squire,'' says Jared, nodding.

30 Seconds to Mars are at Festival Hall tonight at 8.
Turning crime into an artform

THE never-ending crackle of murder and misery transmitted through a police scanner in New York provided an unusual source of inspiration for Melbourne artist Richard Lewer.

Three weeks ago, he returned from a six-month residency in the Big Apple where he found himself artistically fixated on its rotten core.

After owning a police scanner many years ago in New Zealand, he decided to acquire one in New York and was immediately captivated by the relentless flow of horror, tragedy and some humour heard through the fragmented bursts of static and the words of the city's police. Just a day after switching the scanner to the NYPD channel, he heard of the gory but random death of a man impaled by a tree branch that cracked under the weight of ice in Central Park. The incident became an inspiration for one of the 30 paintings in his ''10/4'' exhibition.

Some of his paintings began as the first scant details emerged of a crime, which was often announced by the type of offence, such as assault, followed by a simple description of a suspect's race, gender and clothing. As more details were revealed, the artwork continued to evolve.

Lewer's New York studio, with paintings over the text panels of handwritten notes, has been recreated as an installation for the Melbourne Art Fair that opens on Wednesday at the Royal Exhibition Building.

LORNA EDWARDS

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