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We have now moved to http://perthmusic.perthnorg.com.au so come on over and take a look.
For a fantastic new Perth based website visit Perth Norg (http://www.perthnorg.com.au/), it's a news site that the public can control. Anyone can become a citizen journalist and write stories on News, Sport, Business, Entertainment, Technology and Lifestyle. Join up and become a Perth citizen journalist.
While your there take a look at Perth Music's own blog on Perth Norg (http://perthmusic.perthnorg.com.au/). We will be moving over to Perth Norg so update your bookmarks!!
There's a new local live venue in Perth, the Oak and Ivy Cellar Bar. Opening night is MONDAY 7th of AUGUST featuring solo performances by Abbe May (The Fuzz), Joe Bludge (Painkillers) & Steve Joines (Kill Devil Hills).
Starts @ 8pm, 560 Hay st Perth under Criterion hotel.
FREE ENTRY AND FINGERFOOD every Monday. Abbe Fuzz residency every Monday in August.
Bookings/enquiries call Adam Burges 0410151565.
The time has come for the final WAM Song of the Year call. 5pm Monday August 7 is deadline and you can submit entries up until then at your local post office or the WAM office – Level 1, 58 James Street Northbridge.
All the details, entry forms and Frequently Asked Questions are available from http://wam.asn.au or by calling 9227 7962 (1800 007 962 for regional WA).
There is over $30,000 in prizes to be won including a Grand Prize of 3 days recording and pressing of 500 CD's! Choose from the categories of Pop, Jazz, Country, Rock, Heavy Rock/Metal, Urban, World & Folk, Blues & Roots, Electronic/Dance, Mixed Bag, Love, Gospel and School Aged entries and get your song in now – entries close August 7! There are also prizes for Indigenous and Regional Song of the Year drawn from entrants in every category.
You never know who is going to win WAM Song of the Year. It may be a songwriter about to make international waves, like Damian Crosbie from The Panda Band. His 2005 winning entry made it into the triple j Hottest 100. It could be a 16 year old from Boddington like Lauren Brede, who had her recording and performance career kick-started in 2004! Whoever you are, you have a chance to win industry recognition and great prizes by entering WAM Song of the Year. Do it!
Colours of Skin
A Dazzling display of percussion and groove with the infectious energy of Blue Shaddy.
1st Floor, 13 South Terrace, Fremantle
Show Date: 4 August 2006
Experience an array of world rhythms as three of Perth’s most renowned percussionists- Kanchana Karunaratna, Vicki Ramakrishnan, and Arun Satgunasingam- get together for one night only at KULCHA.
Accompanied by infamous Blues ‘n’ Roots brothers, Jim and Belly McClelland from Blue Shaddy
Expect a dazzling display of exotic beats with the infectious energy of Blue Shaddy.
$14 door, $12 pre-sale, $10 Members
To pre purchase tickets visit www.kulcha.com.au
The Rosemount and The Amplifier were packed this weekend with the two huge metro semi finals of the Next Big Thing competition. 16 fantastic acts turned the local original music scene upside down proving their mettle, but only 4 could be chosen as state finalists to compete in this weekens State Final!!
Congratulations to all the bands that played and a special huge congratulations to our metro state finalists!!...
MINK MUSSEL CREEK
Rising from the ashes of the Electric Blue Acid Dogs, Mink Mussel Creek draw upon a wide range of influences including King Crimson, Boris, Ride, Jethro Tull, Iggy and the Stooges and the Brian Jonestown Masacre, but that's left to be demonstrated on stage! Contact Jodie Reagan on 0419219011 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Streetlights amalgamation of musical tastes and influences gave shape to the sound they collectively desired. With the insecurities of genre cohesion behind them, Streetlight allowed nothing but their musical passion to shine through as they nestled themselves in the Perth hills and wrote their debut release throughout 2004. Contact Chris James on 0439913442 or
In mid 2005 Seventy Five LayDown came together with a vision of bringing a combination of hard edged music with an old school country feel to the Perth music scene. Their collective influences range from punk rock to metal and hard rock. Contact Lee Mayrene 0408 950 075 email@example.com
Whilst certainly under the influence of groups such as Mogwai, The Mars Volta and Sigur Ros, 'The Store' bring much that is their own to the sound that is ultimately more concerned with ambience and mood than anything else. Contact Chris Sorgiovanni on 0419929883 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The NBT competition will culminate in two huge gigs this weekend. The Regional semi-final features heat winners from all over the state, the two regional winners will join the four metro winners plus a wildcard for the State Final.
The stakes are high and the heat is on!!!
REGIONAL SEMI-FINAL: Friday 28th July, Swan Basement North Freo
Theresa Hillhouse (Karratha), The Flaming Sheilas (Albany), Tangled Thoughts of Leaving (Mandurah), Gemma Stacey (Margaret River), The Second Rule (Bunbury), MJ (Esperance), Bartlett (Geraldton)
STATE FINAL: Saturday 29th July, The Rosemount
Mink Mussel Creek, Streetlight, Hooper's Store, 75 Laydown, the 2 winners of the regional semi-final & 1 lucky wildcard.
The Parker Experience formed in December of 2005, consisting of Lloyd Parker (Bass/vocals), Ryan Parker (Guitar/vocals) and Cameron Branch (Drums).
Lloyd and Ryan, as brothers had been playing together for years; just jamming and in bands.
Cameron Branch started to learn drums especially for The Parker Experence and now the three are better than ever, writing their first record, "The Sunflower Monster", named after the first song they ever played together...
For more info on The Parker Experience head on over to their official website.
Just before they boarded a plane to the USA The Living End were crowned Kings of the Jack Live Music Awards, when they were granted four awards out of their six nominations. The Jack Awards, the band received (voted for by the public) included; Andy Strachan for Best Drummer, Chris Cheney for Best Male performer and they took out Best Live Band and Best Live TV Performance. Needless to say the punter popularity for these lads continues with a very healthy uptake with tickets sales roaring along for their Australian All States of Emergency tour since it went on sale last week.
‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ the band’s current and fourth single from the new State Of Emergency album was the number three most added to radio last week. Be sure to check out this week’s music TV shows to catch a viewing of the new and very cool 1950’s styled clip which was shot on location in Sydney before the band shot off to the USA.
A reminder that the forthcoming Australian All States Of Emergency tour for The Living End will take place in most states during school holidays and kicks off in WA on August 31st, moving on into South Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria, the Northern Territory, Queensland and the ACT throughout September and October.
Tickets for The Living End ‘All States of Emergency’ tour are on sale now with dates to follow:
THE LIVING END ALL STATES OF EMERGENCY – SPRING 2006 TOUR
with special guests :
END OF FASHION (on all shows)
plus Red Riders* (* except WA TAS and NT)
ON SALE NOW (from all outlets and via online links thru www.tpa.net.au)
Thu Aug 31 – Wintersun Hotel, Geraldton WA (over 18)
Fri Sep 01 – Metro City, Perth WA (over 18)
Sat Sep 02 – 3 Bears Bar, Dunsborough, WA (over 18)
Sun Sep 03 – Metro City, Perth WA (All Ages / Unlicensed)
Thu Sep 07 Leisure Centre, Port Lincoln SA (All Ages/ Unlicensed)
Fri Sep 08 – Westland Hotel, Whyalla SA (over 18)
Sat Sep 09 – The Shores Complex , West Beach (Adel) SA (over 18)
Sun Sep 10 – The Shores Complex, West Beach (Adel )SA (All ages / Unlicensed)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Tue Sep 12 –The Rock Bar -Edge Hotel, Buronga NSW - near Mildura (all ages/lic )
Wed Sep 13 – Latrobe Uni , Bendigo VIC (over 18)
Fri Sep 15 – Albert Hall, Launceston TAS ( all ages / lic)
Sat Sep 16 – City Hall, Hobart TAS (all ages / lic)
Tue Sep 19 – Civic Centre, Wodonga VIC (all ages)
Wed Sep 20 – The Palace, Melbourne VIC (under 18)
Thu Sep 21 – The Palace, Melbourne VIC (under 18)
Fri Sep 22 – The Palace, Melbourne VIC (over 18)
Sat Sep 23 – Bass in the Dust , Alice Springs NT ( all ages / lic Festival )
Tue Sep 26 – Brother’s Leagues Club, Cairns QLD (all ages/lic)
Wed Sep 27 –Townsville Entertainment Centre, Townsville QLD (all ages/lic)
Thu Sep 28 – Mackay Ent Centre, Mackay QLD (all ages/lic)
Fri Sep 29 – Great Western, Rockhampton QLD (all ages/lic)
Sat Sep 30 – Brother’s Sports Club, Bundaberg QLD (all ages/lic)
Mon Oct 02 – Kingaroy Town Hall (all ages)
Wed Oct 04 – Logan Ent. Centre, Logan QLD (all ages)
Fri Oct 06 – Seagulls Leagues Club, Tweed Heads, NSW (all ages/lic)
Sat Oct 07 – The Arena, Brisbane QLD (over 18)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Sun Oct 08 – Showgrounds, Coffs Harbour NSW (all ages)
Mon Oct 09 – Ent. Centre, Newcastle NSW (all ages/lic Concert )
Tue Oct 10 – Central Coast Leagues Club, Gosford NSW (over 18)
Thu Oct 12 – Big Top Luna Park , Sydney NSW (all ages / lic concert)
Fri Oct 13 – Shelly’s , Wollongong NSW (over 18)
Sat Oct 14 – Shelly’s, Wollongong NSW (under 18)
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Sun Oct 15 – Royal Theatre, Canberra ACT (all ages / lic concert)
For its fifth consecutive week, Eskimo Joe’s third album, ‘Black Fingernails Red Wine’ holds its position in the Top 3 of the Motorola ARIA Album Chart. Their hit single of the same name has moved up to #6 on the Motorola ARIA Singles Chart and is currently #2 on the Motorola ARIA Digital Track Chart.
The band is ecstatic to confirm that fellow West Australian, Bob Evans will join them for their last two shows in Perth and Fremantle…Perth pride at its finest!
In further exciting news, the Forum, Sydney show has SOLD OUT! A second show, on Saturday August 12, at The Forum, Sydney has been added to the tour and tickets are available now through www.eskimojoe.net.
Tickets are selling fast from www.eskimojoe.net and the usual outlets… Don’t miss this opportunity to see this incredible band in all their live glory.
Special guest: The Devoted Few
Wednesday July 26 Plantation Hotel, Coffs Harbour NSW
Thursday July 27 Newcastle University, Newcastle NSW
Friday July 28 Roxy Theatre, Parramatta NSW
Saturday July 29 Blacktown RSL, Blacktown NSW
Thursday August 3rd Wollongong University, Wollongong NSW
Friday August 4 University of Canberra, Canberra ACT
Saturday August 5 Lake Jindabyne Hotel, Jindabyne NSW
Wednesday August 9 Orange Ex-Services Club, Orange NSW - NEW SHOW!
Special Guest: Josh Pyke
Thursday August 10 Penrith RSL, Penrith NSW
Friday August 11 The Forum, Sydney NSW - SOLD OUT!
Saturday August 12 The Forum, Sydney NSW - NEW SHOW!
Tuesday August 15 The Arena, Brisbane QLD
Thursday August 17 Brothers, Cairns QLD
Friday August 18 Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast QLD
Saturday August 19 Buderim Tavern, Sunshine Coast QLD
Sunday August 20 Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay NSW
Friday August 25 Forum Theatre, Melbourne VIC - SOLD OUT!
Saturday August 26 Forum Theatre, Melbourne VIC - NEW SHOW!
Thursday August 31 Curly's Bar, Hobart TAS
Friday September 1 Saloon Bar, Launceston TAS
Saturday September 2 Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SA
Just Announced!! Special Guest: Bob Evans
Thursday September 7 Club Capitol, Perth WA
Friday September 8 Metropolis, Fremantle WA
The Next Big Thing Finals are on this weekend!!!!
That's right the lucky 16 metro semi-finalists are playing two huge nights at Perth's best venues this weekend!
If you haven't been to an NBT gig yet, or you have been following the comp like a hawk, everyone knows now is the most exciting time of all, when the final 16 battle it out for only 4 places in the Next Big Thing state final!! For some dreams come true, for others hopes are dashed, but for Perth original music lovers a beutiful new world of amazing talent is opened in two fantastic shows and it's all on this weekend!
The lucky winners who have gone through to be the Next Big Thing Semi-Finalists are....
Semi-Final 1 - Friday July 21st at the Rosemount
Russian Winters, Mink Mussel Creek, 75 Laydown, Fear of Comedy, Love in an Ambulance, The Birkenhead, Trash Madonna and the Neon Angels & Love You Not.
Semi-Final 2 - Saturday 22nd July at Amplifier
Nix, The Bullet Holes, Hoopers Store, The Colours, Streetlight, 8 Ball and Munchie Man (featuring Nic Reid), Matt Irvin, New Lost City
Then of course the following weekend culminates in the regional semi-final and
the state final!!!
Regional Semi final, Friday 28th July, Swan Basement North Freo
Theresa Hillhouse (Karratha), The Flaming Sheilas (Albany), Tangled Thoughts of Leaving (Mandurah), Gemma Stacey (Margaret River), The Second Rule (Bunbury),
MJ (Esperance), Bartlett (Geraldton)
STATE FINAL: Saturday 29th July, The Rosemount
Featuring winners from each semi final.
The wonderful pop pixie Claire Clarke is releasing her debut Ep 'Alter Ego' on Friday 21st July at the Blue To The Bone Bar and Club. Tickets are selling fast and limited, they can be ordered from Heatseeker.com.au or the venue for $15 plus bf. It all starts at 8pm with support from Ben Witt - The Chemist and DJ Millie.
To celebrate Claire's wonderful music we have 5 copies of her 'Alter Ego' EP to giveaway. To enter simply email email@example.com with your name and mailing address along with a description of your 'Alter Ego'.
For more info on Claire visit her official page or her MySpace page.
Another two Next Big Thing heats went off last week with 14 high quality acts playing their hearts out. The competition was fierce but there can only be two winners from each heat who go through to the finals! Congratulations to these recent winners:
Metro Heat 4 1st - 8 Ball & Munchie Man feat. Nic Reid
2nd - The Birkenhead
Metro Heat 5 1st - Mink Mussel Creek
2nd - Hooper's Store
The Finals are fast approaching, with only 2 heats left! Playing the next Metro Heats are:
Heat 6, Wed July 5, The Foundry - Seventh, Natasha Bouchard, Dekatur, Rocky Creek Rise, Pathaway, Love In An Ambulance
Heat 7, Sat 8 July, The Swan Basement - Trash Madonna, Chris Mason, Columbia, Tung Tide, Double Entendre, Claire Clarke, Fear of Comedy
Then the winners go on to the finals...
Semi Final (Metro 1) - Fri 21 July - Rosemount Hotel
Semi Final (Metro 2) - Sat 22 July - Amplifier Bar
Semi Final (Regional) - Fri 28 July - Swan Basement
Featuring (in no particular order) Gemma Stacey, Theresa Hillhouse, The Flaming Sheilas, Tangled thoughts Of Leaving, MJ, Bartlett and The Second Rule.
State Final Sat 29 July - Rosemount Hotel
Stay tuned for more info on who will join metro winners Streetlight, Love You Not, 75 Laydown, Nix, Russian Winters, New Lost City, 8 Ball and Munchie Man feat. Nic Reid, The Birkenhead, Mink Mussel Creek and Hoopers Store in the
semi-finals to battle it out for the chance to be the 2006 Next Big Thing in
original music and share in over $60,000 of prizes!!
Formed in late 2004, this three-piece spent the first seven months of their alliance solely focused on building and fine tuning their repertoire. Stemming from their contrasting musical backgrounds spewed an energy driven, heavy alternative rock with emotive vocal melodies and an intricate rhythm section.
In May '05 Nix recorded "Use Your Mind" and "Paranoia" as part of their initial demo at Blackbird studios. Gigging frequently since then, Nix have played with a broad spectrum of local artists and bands at many of Perths leading original music venues.
2006: Nix are currently recording their debut single Runaway. Working with mastermind Roland Lim @ Aussie Assault Studios, the 4-track single looks to have a launch and release scheduled mid-year. Check out the samples on their MySpace page and stay tuned.
Nix are Mark McEwen - Vox & Strings, Ryan Matjeraie - Vox & Bottom End, Jason Coleman - Drums
The Sleepy Jackson are on the brink of worldwide fame. The little band from Perth that split in half a few years ago to create End of Fashion are releasing their second full length album: Personality (One Was A Spider, One Was A Bird) on July 1st. Drummer Malcom Clarke gave Perth Music this exclusive interview.
PM: First of all, congratulations on the album Mal, it is quite exceptional. Can you tell us how was the experience of making the album?
Mal: Well it was a different experience than recording our first album Lovers. This time round we didn't have Justin and Rod to contribute which did limit us but made the whole process much more interesting and challenging. Luke had new songs in acoustic guitar and some lyrics to start songs off and we did the demos in about 3 weeks in the studio. The recording process these days makes it necessary to have almost complete songs demoed to show to the record company so everything can be planned for the album recording period. In the old days bands like Pink Floyd would just go into the studio and create the entire album as they record and the record companies were happy with that.
PM: Tell us about the title: Personality (One Was A Spider, One Was A Bird).
Mal: Well the Personality bit has to do with all the people that were involved in making this record and the different aspects that they brought along. The Spider/Bird bit has to do with some religious symbolism. It shows the two different sides - God/Devil, Good/Evil and leaves it up to each person to make up their own mind. Some people might see the Spider as evil and the Bird as good, other people might see the complete opposite.
PM: While The Sleepy Jackson consist of only yourself and Luke Steele at the moment, the band is a 5 piece while touring. Will the band ever have five people in it or will it just stay that way for touring?
Mal: We would definitely consider other people for the band. The way it has been in the past is that we have had very creative people in the band so I guess they can feel limited and restricted in staying in a band with other highly creative people. Everybody likes to have control over what they create so when there are a few people creating together, eventually someone will feel like they don’t have as much control as they’d like.
PM: I guess that can be one reason for creating a side project such as End Of Fashion or your new side project From the Skies.
Mal: Well when I started End Of Fashion with Justin and Rod it was just to have some fun and to play some different music to the Sleepies. We never intended on it becoming as big as it is now and I never considered leaving The Sleepy Jackson for it. I’m very glad that the guys are doing as well as they are and it’s the same type of thing with From The Skies. I use From The Skies as an outlet for myself to write music and it will only ever be a side project. Maybe one day From The Skies could release something but it is very different from The Sleepy Jackson and right now I’m happy just putting demos and stuff on MySpace.
PM: Speaking of MySpace, I see that The Sleepy Jackson have the entire new album on there for people to listen to for a limited time. The listening party is an awesome idea. Do you think MySpace is a great thing for the music industry?
Mal: Yeah it’s a great way for fans to interact directly with artists and we know if we have anything to say to the fans we can just post it to our friend list. It’s easy to use, which is good for me coz I can’t get into the whole website design stuff, I can just log onto MySpace and post stuff.
PM: I believe that one song on the new album ('Don't Say') was co-written by The Veronicas. How did that come about?
Mal: Well we met with their manager in the US, this was before they had broken out and they were about 17. They seemed like cool chicks and Luke and the girls decided to write a song together. Originally they were going to use the song on their album but then decided against it. Luke really liked the song so re-recorded the vocals and changed it a bit and now it’s on the album. A lot of people give us hassle about the fact that they co-wrote a song but it’s just like co-writing a song with a friend. They were involved so are credited for that.
Luke really likes collaborating with other artists and has done a bit of it in the last 12 months with people like Daniel Johns and Paul Mac. Things are getting set up for when we are in New York in a couple months for Luke to do a collaboration with Yoko Ono which will be very cool.
PM: That would be very, very cool. There are a few songs on the Personality with strings and orchestral sounds. Are you considering doing any live shows with a live orchestra?
Mal: Yeah we would love to do that. We thought about while recording and are hoping to do it at some stage, it’s just a budget issue which might stop it happening. But it would be great to do something like what Ben Folds did with the WA Symphony Orchestra.
Interview by Justin Middleton
PERSONALITY (One Was A Bird One Was A Spider) instore July 2006 worldwide.
For more info visit thesleepyjackson.com or their MySpace page.
Emerging from Fremantle, WA, Double Entendre are young, energetic and a bit different, playing a dynamic mix of acoustic melodies that blend folk rock with jazz, roots, flamenco and a good danceable beat. With four versatile musicians and a worldly muse, this multitalented band keep it interesting with bursting barbershop-style harmonies and a lot of instruments including ukulele, melodica, mandolin, sax and didge.
The band made it to the National Campus Bands competition State Final in 2004 and was later invited to tour with Mark Hoffman's didge 'n drum group, EmDee. In 2005, they sparked interest from London & New York based manager Mike Dixon, who is closely involved with artists such as Ryan Adams, Butterfly Boucher and The Spinto Band. The band have recently made it into WA’s Next Big Thing competition and are planning to release a debut EP and organise a tour before the end of the year.
The band are taking a dive back into the local music scene with their first major showcase at Kulcha in Fremantle on the 14th of July. Since returning from travels, the band has been working on creating more of a jazz & world influenced sound by introducing a double bass and three-part vocal harmonies. At Kulcha they will bring you a night of dynamic acoustic melodies blending jazz, folk, roots, flamenco and strong, healthy rhythm that is sure to set the dance floor on fire. As a multitalented four-piece, Double Entendre get mind and body moving with ukulele, melodica, mandolin, sax, didge and various other instruments. Supporting Double Entendre is the beautifully haunting and soulfully raw sound of NSW’s, Loren Kate.
For more info on the band visit their MySpace page.
Nelson Clemente is an emerging Perth artist who wrote his first song in 1996 after being given a guitar as a gift. At the tender age of 15, he found solace and release in an art that was quick to reveal a hidden talent: a natural ability to write heartfelt and haunting music.
In 2002 Nelson grasped the opportunity to collaborate with producer / composer James Tauber, forming pop duo Nelson James. This tuneful teaming helped form a fantastic foundation; not to mention an array of great 80s style pop music.
2006 saw Nelson venturing out on his own, compiling his efforts and emerging as a highly self motivated solo artist. Working with Rob Agostini (Blance DuBois, Jessi London) and Steve Scanlon (Danni Minogue, Tina Arena, Tommy Emmanuel) to produce his debut EP. His "velvet voice" has been unleashed into a fury of dark electro pop tracks that has already sparked the attention of musical collaborators and admirers worldwide.
To hear some of Nelson's music and for more info visit his official site here.