Here we have 2 records from the wonderfully bizarre O! They have a bandcamp page up here.

O! was active in the Perth indi-rock scene from 1990 to 1997, part of Chapter Music’s early years. Members went on to play in bands such as Adam Said Galore, Mukaisake, Tucker B’s, Harry Smith, Umpire, 10 Bit Tonsil and Catherine Traicos and the Starry Night.

Their first LP was called Sporco and came out in 1994. Next up came ‘Morass of Shiny Cudgels’ in 1997. Click either covers to grab them both.



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Kiss My Wami

This is possibly the largest post this site will ever see and has taken years of work to compile.

Passionately committed to championing Western Australian music since 1987, WAM is the peak industry body responsible for supporting, nurturing and growing all forms, genres and levels of original contemporary music in WA.

WAM was originally formed as the Western Australian Rock Music Industry Association Inc. (WARMIA) in 1985, with its main aim to develop and run annual awards recognising achievements within the music industry in Western Australia. WAM first received project funding from the state government in 1989, and in the early 1990s the word “rock” was dropped from the title to give the organisation scope to take on a broader constituency.

And what a job they do! I’ve always been a fan of WAM and the great work they do for W.A music. Hats off to all involved throughout the years. From their annual awards shows, enormous amount of gigs they put on or help with, to sponsorship, to their work helping remote outback artists get recorded and heard, WAM and the people behind it has been a fairly integral part of the WA music scene for a very long time.

Since 1997 they have released a compilation CD that showcases a great cross section of music from all parts of the state.

I’ve managed to collect most of them over time and felt it would be great if they could be shared online. I will update this post with artwork as I scan covers of each year. I have some of them done already. Some years had up to 3 audio CD’s and a DVD. I have not included the DVD’s due to their sheer size, just the music. Click the year or the artwork to download a zip file of the music. You will more than likely need to do this from a computer due to their size. Enjoy!









1999 –  artwork to follow








2002 – artwork to follow






2004 – A very concise version of the WAM CD this year. 1 CD only, called ‘The WAM Weekender’.






Kiss my WAMi 2006


2007 – artwork to follow









Kiss my WAMi 2010













2014 and onward……soon to come!




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A letter from a reader..

I don’t know what to say about this so I’m putting it here in a hope of inciting some discussion. A bit before my time really. This was emailed in. Thanks John!

A few thoughts about the beginning of punk in W.A, by John Hondros.

Bilbo played together from 1969 – 1971. They were regulars at dances and
an occasional pub but never really broke through as their “punk” sound
and long extemporisations had yet to find a musical home. The band
consisted of Paul Blackbee on guitar, Johnno Podmore drums and John
Hondros on bass. Ironically their biggest success came at their last
impromptu performance at the James St Art Tech “Rock it Out” dance
attended by the art and music fraternity of Perth at the end of 1971.
Paul Blackbee managed to talk the night’s lead band (Fatty Lumpkin) into
letting them hand over their instruments during a break and it went on
from there with nearly 20 minutes of solid “new wave” sound until the
guys from FL stepped in to end it. The crowd was not happy it ended and
FL were not happy to follow what they thought would be a disaster.

In a moment of ironic brilliance Paul Blackbee renamed the band (that up

until then had been Thrash for the previous 18 months or so) as Bilbo

(playing on Fatty Lumpkins use of a Tolkien name). The audience raged.
In the good old techy art way the crowd loved it but howled down the
lead band for ending Bilbo Baggins. It was one of those nights musos
spoke of for months. Anyway, Johnno Podmore went on and did some
drumming with the Troubadours and then many other NSW pub bands. Paul
Blackbee later joined the “Swinging Blue Jeans” playing sax, I believe.
John Hondros joined the small cohort of “singer songwriters” of the day
such as Christopher May (now deceased), Ross Ryan, Piers Partridge and
Keith MacDonald doing wine house gigs.
Have to say that Thrash (AKA Bilbo) was one of the best bands no one had
heard of except for other alternative musos of the day. This was the
real and forgotten beginning of a “new wave” of music before The
Scientists and it all happened on one Saturday night in late December 1971.

Hope this might add a small something to the picture.

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RTRFM Siamese Dream guest appearance.

Last week (07th Jan ’16) I was lucky enough to be invited onto the Siamese Dream show on RTRFM!

I co-hosted the show with Jesse Yuen and we had a great chat about this site, and played some of my favourite jams from the blog. Thanks to Jesse and all those who tuned in.

Here’s the audio.

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Snowman were a band originally from Perth, Western Australia. They relocated to London in 2008, and disbanded in 2011.

Their Wikipedia has all you need.

As I’ve only got this one record, heres the important bit for this post :

Snowman was released on 23 September 2006 on Dot Dash Recordings to positive reviews. Singles, ‘Smoke & Mirrors’, ‘You Are A Casino’ and ‘Swimming With Sharks’ were all added to high rotation on Triple J. The album was a local music feature on community radio stations RTRfm in Perth and FBI in Sydney. They toured Australia extensively in the year that followed, playing the national Big Day Out tour, Meredith Music Festival, Laneway Festivals, and supported Liars, Wolf & Cub and The Drones on their respective national tours. Several headline tours soon followed with supports from (the then lesser known) The Temper Trap, and New Zealanders, Batrider.

At the 2007 WAMi Awards Snowman won three WAMI awards for ‘Most Popular Album’ (Snowman), ‘Most Popular Music Video’ (“You Are A Casino”) and ‘Best Rock Act’.

“You Are A Casino” was released as a limited 7″ single in the UK on 25 June 2007 on the Passport Label, through Forte Distribution

Click the artwork to get yourself some download action.


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Perth CD’s for sale!

Throughout the years of running this blog and collecting Perth music, I seem to have inadvertently ended up with some doubles (and triples) of some CD’s. I know physical media is oh-so-passé these days but here’s a list of some extra discs I am happy to let go to new homes. A fiver each seems fair? Let me know what you’re into and I’ll put them aside. I don’t live in Perth but I’ll be down a couple weeks and can work out somewhere for you to pick them up. Email elhornet@elhornet.com

All Washed Out
Capital City vs The Bangkok Lady Boys
Cinema Prague – Zasph!
Fluid Time Carnival
The Growl – Cleaver Lever
Gyroscope – Sound Shattering Sound
Hazel Bionic – The Princess May
Header – Sugarfix
The Homicides – Gimme Some More
Jebediah – Of Someday Shambles (2 copies)
Martian Radio (aka Wasted Youth)
No Flowers – Broken Head
No Flowers – One Day Closer
PC Thug – Warn The Others
Red Jezebel – Joyful Possibilities
Sodastream – Reservations
Team Jedi – Good Morning Last Night
Whitechapel – Image Over Content
Valvolux – Supercharger (currently spoken for)
WA Grade Perth Punk + HC Compilation
Wormfarm – You Betcha (2 copies)
WAMI 2008 and 2011

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No Flowers, No Wedding Dress

In the early 90s NFNWD struck up a musical partnership inspired by their high school musical heroes.

Deciding there was way too many band names starting with The, for a name they settled upon No Flowers No Wedding Dress. A line from the Bruce Springsteen song The River.

That musical partnership has seen out the 90s, been through some line up changes, spent a month touring Spain, lost the Wedding Dress part of its name, and has seen the band perform countless gigs and build an impressive catalogue of music and achievements.

While never officially splitting up the band has not played a gig since 2001. All members continue to play music in other projects.



Shaun Corlson: Vocal Guitar

Shaun Hoffmann: Drums Vocals

Nigel Parry: Guitar Vocals

Tim Keady: Bass Vocals

Todd Walker: Keyboards

Greg Butcher: Bass Vocals

Derek and Gary: Vibes


1996 EP ‘One Day Closer’. Click the cover to download.



1998 LP ‘Broken Head’. Click the cover to download.




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Beanbag – Cold At Heart

Not much info on this one. A rockin’ 5 track EP from 1996. Cover art scan to come shortly.

Cam Brown – Guitar/Vocals

Danny Ross – Guitar/Vocals

Paul Ellery – Bass

Jarrod Opie – Drums

Recorded at Revolver Studios.

Never saw these guys play, any info would be great.

Download here.

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First post from this band. From their wiki :

Schvendes are a band of brothers and sisters from Perth, Western Australia. They write stories about murder, mayhem, love and loss upon a background of gentle Rhodes piano, pounding drums, screaming guitar, soaring cello and vocals, which have been described as both sweet and terrifying. With an emphasis on lyrics depicting small disasters and celebration of everyday existence, their music is a blend of country, dirty blues and rock.

Members :

  • Rachael Dease – vocals, bass
  • Tristen Parr – cello
  • Matt Maguire – drums
  • Tara John – rhodes piano
  • Ant Gray – guitar

The record I’ve uploaded is their LP ‘Sweet Talk Your Enemies.’ Breaking my own rules somewhat as they are still listed as being active, but this record just nudged 7 years old so I thought it would be nice to share it. There is a fantastic review of it by Dom Allessio here.

Click the cover artwork to download it.




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Mountain Hope

Thanks to Troy for sending in these 2 records.


“Mountain Hope were Perth’s answer to Jane’s Addiction only better.

Mountain Hope:

Ryan Grady – vocals

Troy Reany – bass

Dan Collins – drums

Geoff Sweeting – guitars

Chris Wood – violin/percussion”

Here is a write up by Adam Connors from the West Australian’s ‘Revue’ back in 1995. This talks about their last show.

Mountain Hope; Botticelli’s Angel
November 3, 1995

The ‘Botts’ have long held up Perth’s end of the more energetic live music available, their stand-alone and credible local reference to the funk metal genre has been with us for near on five years now.

It is funny to talk of a band with such longevity in terms of tightness, but on Friday night I finally saw Botticelli’s Angel pull it all together – the creative timing, the sudden pauses within songs, Barry’s ligament damage – into a coherent mosh in extremis.

The Botts motored through a range of largely new, faster songs replete with Brad Gill’s ‘Barry White’ backing vocals and Declan Barry’s maniacal pacing, as usual, stealing the attention. Big bass speakers became the gymnastic floorboards of Barry’s arena, his screaming runs through the crowd threatening to squash any indie kids busting to catch their last glimpse of Mountain Hope.

But the threat to life and limb was worth it, comrades. Mountain Hope put forth one of the best sets I have ever seen from a band in Perth … sorry, a band? A lot of people would agree t’was a religious experience with an undeniable mysticism abounding.

Commencing with Riverside and continuing do delve into their fantistic debut album (from 1993) A Toast to Absent Family, every individual element of Mountain Hope’s last hoorah was both spellbinding and infinitely saddening. Lead vocalist and spunky glove-wearer Ryan Grady’s comments before most songs of “this will be the last time you hear this live” cut home to everyone in the club.

Through stages of disrobing, Grady, forever the frontman, was astounding but never drew attention away from the meticulous, enveloping sound of the rest of the band, though guitarist Geoff Sweeting’s hiding in the shadows was a tad mysterious, maybe a touch sadder because of the occasion.

By the time My Madchen was played, the title track of the “hope to be released” second album, followed by a Misfits cover and finishing with Souls, eyes were wiped while the dancing slowed throughout the crowd.

Mountain Hope are a true loss to music, though this gig cemented their spot in people’s musical minds forever.

Adam Connors

We have their 2 recordings for you to download, together in one zip. Their 1993 LP ‘A Toast To Absent Friends’ and the unreleased ‘My Madchen’. Click HERE for the music. You can also say hi to them on their Facebook page here. 

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dyslexic fish

1997 was a great year, not only did the nuclear holocaust predicted in the Terminator movies not actually happen, but two young boys in year nine got their first taste of sweater-meat after their fledgling band played Louie Louie during their first show at a church piano recital.

And that’s pretty much how Dyslexic Fish was born… Fast forward a few years and it’s late 2005 and one of those same two boys (we’re not naming names) is standing at a urinal next to The Living End’s Chris Cheney in awe and unable to pee.

In between, the band has released an album, received plenty of critical acclaim, been on the radio all over the country, played with a shitload of national and international touring artists, won awards and has even been on TV! 2006 has seen the band take time out to knuckle down and record the follow up to their 2003 album Mission: Inappropriate in their own studio, but as recording winds down the band are getting ready to make an all out assault on the airwaves.

One day (and one day soon) you’ll be standing at a urinal next to one of Dyslexic Fish, only this time, it’ll be you in awe and unable to pee… Notable Achievements 1. Coke Live 05 Unsigned Artist Winners 2. Nova 937 WA Made Artist 3. WAMi Award Winners 4. WAM Song of the Year Finalists (2005) 5.

Here we have their ‘Bad Ass’ EP. Click the cover to download.



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I’ve nicked this bio from Something Old, Something new which has some awesome stuff uploaded and is well worth a look.

Superscope play a great mix of heavy guitar riffs and power-pop. The band formed in Perth in 1994 and despite a brief period playing as Rueben Kinkaide have been consistent performers in the Perth band scene since that time. Superscope have also been dogged by regular line-up changes, their only constant being guitarist, vocalist and lyricist Kevin Borruso.

Kevin originally made his name in the early 1990s as a member of The Stonemasons with Joe Algeri before forming his own band in Superscope.

Here is their 1995 EP ‘Generally Electric’. They put out another EP and an LP but I don’t own them.

Click the cover to download.


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New upload today from a band I know little about.

This is a 1996 EP by the band ‘Scout’ called ‘Honey’. It’s quite a beautiful thing filled with acoustic guitars, haunting female vocals and pianos.

Some information from Gavin Criddle from out Facebook page :

Scout were people from Proof, and they became Subject to Flooding If I’ve got my order right – Kate Andrews also had some solo stuff around. And they finally ended up as Razorlily.

Other links from Proof were the bands Patterns In Glass, Looking For Lester and Life on Mars.

Lineup :

Kate Andrews

Subha Naidu

Gavin Crawcour

Jon Elder

Other musicians : Narelle Jones, Jeff Gray, Julie Williams, David Sandcock and Kathy Porter.

Recorded at Loop Studios.

Click the cover to download.


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Ikey Mo

Bio stolen. What a great band. Released one EP that I have here, but I’m not sure what else they put out.


IKEY MO (pronounced: eye key mo)
: cockney slang for dodgy or mischievous behavior, receiver of stolen goods and excessive gamblers.

Heres how it goes. Ikey Mo started life in June 2000, one stormy night, high above the sleeping city of Perth when a crazed nuclear physicist and his trust assistant Igor channeled the energy of lightening down to their hillside laboratory to create new life. Vocalist / Guitarist / Songwriter Chris Fuller was joined with Glen Young (Guitar/ Vocals) , David Manley (Bass guitar) and Gary Kump (Drums) in what was to become a Frankenstienesque amalgam of members of notable acts Anodyne 500, Burnside, Collide and Vinyl.

Mr Manleys shoes have since been filled by the enigma (and certified monster of rock) known as Adam Safe (ex. Wookstar). Anyone familiar with the Perth music scene over the last few years would know that this was going to be a formidable combination.

The bands debut EP Beginners Guide To Self Defence, recorded at Studio Couch by Sean O Callaghan (Halogen, Eskimo Joe, John Butler Trio) was released in October 2002 and from the early reports the public at large are going to need to defend themselves against its mind-melding charms. From the infuriatingly catchy opener Evil Knievel, to the sonic explosion that is Chemical Girl, through to the moody atmospherics of Know Who You Are, an amazing amount of musical ground is being covered over the five tracks on offer.

A short time after its release Beginners Guide.. had received rave reviews throughout Australia and Evil Knievel found its way to Triple Js hit list. If that were not enough Ikey Mo also in this time took out a swag of awards at the Music Oz Awards in Sydney including the Artists of the Year Award, Festival Publishing Award, APRA Songwriters Award and the overall New Alternative Pop/ Rock category.

2003 ? you ask Ikey Mo plan to deliver what the good rockin doctor orders a tour of the east coast of Australia in April/ May, releasing a new recording and plenty more smoldering live performances.

So there you have it. The Mo have landed. Lock up your daughters, brothers, mothers and any spare cash because no one is safe (except Adam of course), now they are amongst us! The force is strong with these ones Obi wan.

Click the cover below to download the EP.


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Aether 2 Compilation

This is a compilation of Perth electronic musicians released on the label’Kieper Records’.

I can not find any information at all online about this label or compilation! It’s quite good though. Generally it leans towards the more ambient side of electronic music, with a couple more triphop/breaks/electro cuts thrown in too. Most of these artists are new to me and I am impressed with the music generally. Definitely a nice one to grab and have on while you’re at work or whatever!

Artists include Ele-Mental, Fee*Koh, Manual Bonrod, New Sirius Project, Kane, Pablo Dali, Jaek, Heuristic, Anubis Complex, Audio Cephlon and Plastik Scene.

Click to cover for the tunes.


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T Cells

“The exciting live band to come out of Perth have been described as U2 meets Fear Factory. It’s a heavy rock rhythms collision with pop vocal sensibilities.”

Saw these guys a few times at The Lookout on lineups with bands like Mutt, Caddis, Greenroom, FSD etc.

I don’t know a lot about them so here’s the music. This is their full length called ‘Impact’. They also put out an EP called ‘Cytotoxic’. which I don’t have.

Click the cover to download.



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‘In Season’ Compilation

Thanks for Dave Fallon for this very obscure compilation.

It was released in 1996 and is comprised of young bands from the Swan View area. Not many of these names are familiar to me and I’d not seen this before. Who remembers any of these guys?

Click the cover to download.


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I Betcha Get Goosebumps

Coming right out of left field with this one.

This appears to be a kids CD, released in 1998. It features 5 super random hiphop/urban tunes and 2 of them have Perth Wildcats superstar RICKY GRACE rapping on them about ghosts and ghouls and shit like that. Why!? I do not know!

REALLY weird stuff. Thank you Cash Converters Mandurah for this, it was absolutely worth $1.

Click the cover to download.


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Fatal Array

Thanks to Scott B for sending this in. I will update the bio shortly.

Here is their 1993 self titled LP. Click the cover to download.



Last line-up

Peter Burke

: Guitar

Wayne Russell

: Bass

Dave Thomas

: Drums

Mark Thomas

: Vocals

Glen Thomson

: Guitar

Past members

Others bands/comments
Glenn Robinson : Vocals
Roger Melville : Guitar
Alan Ch’ng : Guitar Suffrance
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The Western Front compilation

This is a early 90’s compilation put out by Western Front, WAMIA and supported  by the Department For The Arts.

According to a short description I found,

  • This compilation CD is an initiative of W.A.M. – the Western Australian Music Industry Association. The name “Western Front” was quite purposely chosen, with all the war-like images it evokes, to signify the struggle that artists from this side of Australia often face in marketing and distributing their product and furthering their careers.

Artists featured are Allegiance, Storytime, The Mars Bastards, Vivid, Pink Fluffy Bunnies, Hogfodder and Favourite Game. This is the first time some of these bands have featured on the site which is awesome! Thanks to Charley for submitting this CD. I believe there may have been a few of these released over the years?

Click the cover to download it.


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