Effigy

I stole this writeup from last.fm :

Effigy were an Australian three piece rock/synth band originally consisting of Peter Hardman, Jason Stacy and Annie Beckerling; bassist Beckerling quit the band during the early stages of recording second album “Century Collapsing”, and was replaced by Cobina Crawford. Originally from Perth WA, Hardman, the bands founder relocated the band to Victoria where they joined the Melbourne Rock scene. Of the two albums in total the band produced, they had limited success with “Century Collapsing” thanks to singles “Suspicion Bells” and “Caught”. Though Effigy effectively disbanded after that album, Hardman eventually formed a new four-piece, all-male band under the Effigy name. They have yet to release anything on CD.

I really liked the song ‘Lovers’. Quite enjoyed seeing them play live too and I always thought Jason Stacy was a great drummer. I seem to remember there being some tension between Hardman and Annie Beckerling. If the lyrics to ‘Lovers’ are anything to go by its pretty obviously why she left the band.

This is the cd single for Lovers.

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And here is their 1997 self titled LP ‘Effigy’.

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This is their 1998 LP ‘Century Collapsing‘.

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cinema prague

I had been indecisive about putting these recordings up due to their recent (2007) reformation but have noticed that it is impossible to buy these records anywhere, their website has lapsed and all seems to be dormant with them again. On that note, I bring you the incredible CINEMA PRAGUE!

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Borrowing from their Wikipedia entry :

Members George Kailis
Tim Lowe
Roy Martinez
Past members Rex Horan

Initially formed as a four piece in 1986, when some of the members were still at high school,[1] the band had little success to start with. Kailis went to South Perth Primary School, whilst Lowe and Horan went to Attadale Primary School. Horan went on to Perth Modern School participating in their music programme, whilst Lowe and Kailis attended Applecross Senior High School.

By early 1988, after some member and name shuffling, the three-piece band, Cinema Prague came into existence. In 1990 the band undertook their first tour of the eastern states of Australia. Their debut recording was a cassette-single with the songs “Mushroom Cloud” and “Walking Song”, released in November, 1991. It was followed much later by their debut album, Meldatype, which was recorded between 1992 and 1994 and released in March, 1995. The band’s next release was a five track EP, ¡Zasph! which was released in November, 1996. Cinema Prague’s third album, Nordensort, was released in May, 1998 although it was actually recorded in June/July 1995.

In 1997, after returning from Perth following their ‘Idiots Crusade’ tour of Europe and South Africa they recorded three tracks “We are the Moo Moo”, “The Curse of the Shiny Head” and “Bacon and Eggs Part Two” at Poons Head Studio. The band’s fourth album It’s Schnapster, although recorded in 1990, was released in December, 1998, whilst the band was in hiatus. Horan having headed to Britain, where he still performs as well as runs musical workshops for under-age offenders in prisons.

Kailis and Lowe played together in various projects, including Rice. They also undertook further studies, with Lowe studying engineering and Kailis studying architecture.

In 2007 they re-formed for a show with a new bassist Roy Martinez (Dave Mann Collective) and a plan was hatched to release the old recordings as part of a new album, Snakes Alive, the band’s first in over eight years.

The disc was something we just had. I didn’t think we would ever put it out. George would probably tell you we were always goona do it, but I can’t say that. It was a little frustrating because it was the best recording we have done and it actually captured the way we sound.
Tim Lane

Snakes Alive was released on 30 January 2009.In an interview at the time, Kailis indicated that the band was planning to work on the new album.

We’ve actually still got enough material for another couple of albums – songs that were never recorded – there’s no shortage of material.
George Kailis

In support of the album’s release the band gave a number of performances in Perth and Melbourne in early 2009.

 

  • Meldatype — Seeing Ear Records (March, 1995)

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  • ¡Zasph! — Seeing Ear Records (November, 1996)

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  • Nordensost (May, 1998)

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  • It’s Schnapster (December, 1998)

 

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And of course we can’t forget that Rex Horan from this amazing band was also in AIR ENSEMBLE. I have 2 of their records up HERE.

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SLAM – Supporting Local Alternative Music

This is a 1999 compilation from S.L.A.M, an organisation who put on a load of great shows around Perth in the 90’s and 00’s. I believe it was run by Steve from Atmosfear.

This one contains music from Wax Tadpole (the first thing we’ve had up from them bizarrely), Stoneface, Atmosfear, Thumb, Greenroom, F.U.L.L, Spyder Moe, Troutman, D’Karn and a whole load more great bands from the mid to late 90’s Perth scene. Some of them are making their first appearance on the site via this great compilation. Click the cover art to download it.

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Showbag!

In early 2000 grew another new band Showbag from Perth, Western Australia.  Everyone was raving about them, throwing the next big thing tag in every conversation.  There was something about that first experience watching Showbag back then that hit – they were fresh and nervous, the music simple and not overly tight. It was their songs – classic guitar pop hooks combined with an ear for unique melody that pricked your ears up.   And, those songs simply ran around your head for days, you just couldn’t get rid of them.

Over the next year the band released their debut EP Playlunch and followed up soon after with Quicksand. With these releases came Australia wide recognition and it gave local fans a chance to return to those songs from the early shows. Showbag were still the kind of band that pop-lovers could not get enough of. With the EP’s putting in overtime on local radios and car stereos throughout Perth, listeners began to really embrace the depth in these tunes.  It’s odd, the songs make you smile with their energy, girl/guy trading vocals and pop feel, but when you take the time to sit and listen – the sadness hits you like a steam train. Listening to How Much Would It Hurt literally feels like you have seen inside the band (or perhaps vice versa) and uncovered all of those sordid fears and insecurities we all try so hard to hide.

Just as the future looked rosy cracks began to appear. The band lost guitarist Jeff Baker who left sunny Perth for Melbourne and not long after Kelly Campbell (bass, vocals) departed. The band had however recorded 5 tracks for their anticipated debut album which caught the eye of San Francisco record label Zip Records, in particular the classic ballad Never Get There, which the label subsequently released as a single in October 2002.

Armed with new enthusiasm, foundation members vocalist and guitarist Glenn Musto and drummer Chris Havercroft have put together a new band consisting of local stalwarts Andrew Powell (Bucket, Jayco Brothers) on bass, Adem K (Turnstyle) on guitar and newcomer Jodie Bartlett (Josivac), the key ingredient to trade vocals with Glenn in that imitable Showbag sound. The now settled lineup generates a powerful, yet reflective, live show living up to the potential Showbag has has promised from the beginning.

In December to March 2003 Showbag recorded their superb debut album The Town We Loved In.  Set in the fictitious Australian town Perish Union, it tells 14 tales about life, heartbreak, happiness and sadness – centred around broken relationships deteriorating with the town.  It’s Showbag in their finest form yet, dishing out lashings of melody and contrasts coupled with a bunch of lines that you wish you wrote in a letter to your first girlfriend.

 

In their time the group featured David Elieff, Paul Fanning, Adem K, Colin Reeves, Todd Griffiths, Dean Davies, Glenn Musto, Chris Havercroft, Andrew Powell and Jodie Bartlett.

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This is their debut EP ‘Play lunch’ from the year 2000.

Showbag’s debut release, a twee pop sound with a lo-fi edge and melodic pop dynamics.  Has a sound similar Belle and Sebastian with a hint of the interesing ideas of bands like Guided By Voices and Sparklehorse.

This is their 2002 EP ‘Never Get There’.

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And here is a 2003 LP by them called ‘The Town We Loved In’. Writing credits on this are Glenn Musto (vocals, guitar, bass, keys), Jodie Barlett (vocals, percussion), Chris Havercrogt (drums, percussion), Adem Kerimofski (guitar, backing vocals, keys), Andrew Powell (bass, backing vocals).

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One of the premier indie pop acts in Australia, Showbag! can best be described as a consistent enigma.  Throughout their four year existence the band have released two EP’s and two inspiring singles all receiving great attention and worldwide airplay.  In turn, Showbag have received such notoriety as winning the WA Music Industry Best Pop Act award, Austereo’s Unsigned Find and Triple J’s Next Wave.

Whilst transitioning through some line up changes the band now feature many of Perth’s finest musicians and have quickly proven themselves as a brilliant live act. With their sound slowly incorporating a somber heartfelt edge, they are now set to produce one of the most outstanding albums of our time.  It’s the band’s wistfully woven tapestry of girl/guy lyrics, illustrating raw emotion that allows the listener to reach out and touch the realness of the songs. This places Showbag in their own distinct position in Australian music.

In December to March 2003 Showbag recorded their superb debut album The Town We Loved In.  Set in the fictitious Australian town Perish Union, it tells 14 tales about life, heartbreak, happiness and sadness – centred around broken relationships deteriorating with the town.  It’s Showbag in their finest form yet, dishing out lashings of melody and contrasts coupled with a bunch of lines that you wish you wrote in a letter to your first girlfriend.  It features a re-working of the 2001 radio favourite How Much Would It Hurt their recent single Never Get There and the new radio single Perish Union where the combination male/female lead vocals put Showbag in a class of their own.

They also appear to have put out another EP which I don’t have and would be grateful for. It is called ‘Quicksand’.

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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!

1997

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1998

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1999 –  artwork to follow


 

2000

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2001

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2002 – artwork to follow


 

2003

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


 

2005

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2006

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2007 – artwork to follow


 

2008

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2009

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2010

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2011 (Discs 2/3 do not have artist names on the tracks. Grab the tracklist image below.)

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2012

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2013

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2014 and onward……soon to come!

 

 

 

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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.

 

Members:

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

Myspace.

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

 

 

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

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The Butterfly CD

This is a live compilation record in December 1994. Recorded on the roof of the fabulous Grovesnor Hotel over a 12 hour period it features some of the greats from that period such as Effigy, Yummy Fur, Lamia, etc.

I had not seen this until now so many thanks to Dave Fallon for sending this in. Click the cover to download.

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Eat More Perth Homegrown

Was given this by the mighty Righteous at Dadas Records a while ago. It’s a compilation put out in 1999 by Gavin Tempany, sound engineer extraordinare!

Featuring tracks from some of the best bands on the Perth circuit in ’99, this is a pretty nice collection of music containing numbers from Eskimo Joe, Anodyne 500, Team Jedi, Penelope, Turnstyle, Beaverloop, Adam Said Galore, Red Jezebel, Jebediah, Avid Grey, Flanders and The Tigers. Click the cover to get down’.

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Header

Header formed out of the remnants of The Rainyard and The Mars Bastards
in November ’93 and signed a recording contract with a Mushroom Records
label, Bark, in November ’94, on the strength of their self-titled debut
ep.  The band moved to Melbourne in early 1995 and over the following 18
months recorded an album (On High Street), three singles and two eps, and
did five Australian tours.  At the conclusion of the original contract in
July ’97, the band’s management made the decision to call Mushroom’s bluff
over what it considered to be a less-than-generous three album contract,
and asked for more money. Mushroom responded by giving the contract to
someone else.
Personnel: Brad Bolton – guitars; Dave Chadwick – guitars; Liam Coffey –
bass, vocals; Ian Freeman – vocals; Dean Willoughby – drums.

Here is their 1996 EP ‘Sugafix‘.

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This is their 1996 single ‘Restoration‘.

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Here is their 1996 LP ‘On High St’.

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Live At Mojos

This is a compilation released by Mojos Bar in conjunction with the Artists For Old Growth Forest.

Recorded in the year 2000, it features live recordings from a wide range of artists including Prawns With Horns, Spank, Delicatessen, John Butler, The Automasters, Proton and Rhibosome. Apparently its quite hard to find this particular John Butler song anywhere.

All proceeds for this CD were donated to those waging the war against the felling of old grown forest in the South West.

Click the cover to download.

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Spin Compilation

This is a 2001 Music WA compilation called ‘Spin’.

Featuring music from Jebediah / Downsyde / Karnivool / John Butler Trio / The Automasters / Alice Haines / Stephen Pilgram / The Waifs / Ziggy Bey Jan Group / Butch Manning / Jodie Ties / Sleepy Jackson.

A small insight into what was going on in some of Perths scenes in 2001.

Click the cover to download.

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Live at the Cornflakes

This is a 1997 compilation released by RTRFM featuring recordings from the Live At The Cornflakes breakfast show.

Click the cover to get downloadin’.

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Anodyne 500

Stole this from last.fm :

Anodyne 500 were a guitar rock pop band that sounded a little like The Posies and The Pixies. Formed in Perth in the mid-’90s by former Rosemary Beads singer/songwriter/guitarist Chris Fuller, the lineup included Gary Matthews (Drums), Darren Maloney (Bass) and (much later) ex-Wooden Fische guitarist Chris Hann.

Releasing two EPs, “Treasureway” and “Built for Speed, Not Comfort”, Anodyne gigged regularly for about five years from 1995 to 2000, touring Australia once in 1999.

This band was great! ‘TourDe Couch’ is one of my favourite songs of all time. Try finding anything about them online, its as if it never happened. The Perth Syndrome as I call it. Chris Fuller went on to form Ikey Mo who are/were equally as awesome. This was recorded at Jewel Studio by Tim Jewel who was in my year at school. Can anyone remember the name of the band he was in because I have been trying to for ages and can’t.

Anyway..

Anodyne 500 – Treasureway (1998)

And here is their 1999 EP ‘Built For Speed, Not Comfort’. Thanks to Dave Fallon and Mark Stewart for this.

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Anodyne 500 – Built For Speed, Not Comfort.

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Saidaside

I should have their record ‘Time Bomb’ at some point in January.

For now, someone has uploaded a lovely home made clip to youtube, set to their track ‘DADF#AD’.

Enjoy.

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Penelope

Penelope played their first pub gig in December 1996 at the Swanbourne Hotel to a receptive audience. Thinking they had something worth listening to they entered the 1997 Australian National Campus Band Competition and made it to the state final. “That was when we first really started to take things seriously” drummer Tim Beor explained.

Other achievements of note included: the semi-final of the 1998 Next Big Thing, winning the 1999 WAM Song of the Year ‘Love Category’ with “Spanish Fly”, and inclusion in the 1999 Eat More Perth Homegrown Calendar (their song “Betty” can be found on the accompanying CD).

Penelope played with many local favourites such as Beaverloop, Eskimo JoeTurnstyleAdam Said Galore and Red Jezebel and at most of Perth’s original music venues. The band had airplay on RTRFMTriple J, and 100 FM, all before the release of their first EP titled Eleven.

 

Here is the EP ‘Eleven’.

Someone has uploaded some clips of them playing and an interview on the Channel 31 show ‘Music Revolution’ – nice!

 

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Thermos Cardy

Stolen from last.fm :

Thermos Cardy was a band from Perth, Western Australia, which formed in 1995. The band consisted of Karl Smith(vocals, guitar), Harry Kneen (six-string bass) and Adam Johnson (drums). Their music was regularly played on RTR-FM, and they appeared on RTR’s Live at the Cornflakes. Thermos Cardy made the WA final of the National Campus Band Competition in 1995, and in 1996, they released the EP Come To Where The Flavour Is and the album Kimberley Street Retirement Village. They disbanded in 1996, and Karl Smith went on to form Sodastream.

I remember watching this band reherase in a scout hall in Doubleview shortly after I finished high school in 1993. Karl was a year above me in high school. He studied hard and was a nice guy and went to church.

During the peak of Thermos Cardy I was at the Planet for a WAMI show watching hordes of Pavement tshirt clad indie chicks swooning as Karl entered the building, resplendent in jesus sandals and neutral attire. It may have been a light khaki ensemble. Perhaps even cargo shorts. He may have had flowers in his hair.

Coincidentally the Kimberly Street retirement village that their album is named after is where my great grandmother died, aged 99.

Moving right along this is their EP ‘Come To Where The Flavour Is’.

And here is a vinyl rip of their 1996 LP ‘Kimberly Street Retirement Village’.

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Martian Radio aka Wasted Youth

Here we have a LP from Martian Radio, who were at one point known as Wasted Youth. Due to their being 2 fairly well known UK/USA bands with that name already I guess

they decided to change their name. This seems to have been AFTER they pressed up this record as the disc itself has Wasted Youth on it, yet the rest of the artwork is all Martian Radio.

12 tracks of surf/rock/punk-esque jams. Never saw them gig personally..

Here it is. 

 

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Treadmill Management sampler

This is a very interesting sampler produced by ‘Treadmill’, apparently a management and promo company which started in 1993.

The sampler includes music from Perth bands Flanders, Avid Grey and Bucket and it also features music from the Sydney band ‘Knievel’. There is no date on it but if I had to guess I’d say late 95 or 96.

I think what is most interesting about this sampler is the tracks from Bucket. According to the liner notes it says Bucket signed a 4 album deal with American label

‘Radical Records’ and their debut LP was slated for release in 1998 with 3 of the tracks on that LP featuring on this compilation. Well I’ve got the 2 Bucket EP’s in a post here but as far as I am aware the LP this sampler is talking about never actually ended up being released. As such this means we’ve got 3 unreleased tracks here, great!

HERE it is!

I’ve left the Knievel stuff in there because I really REALLY liked their record ‘We Fear Change’ and the tracks on this sampler are quite hard to find. They’re from their 2nd LP ‘Steep Hill Climb’.

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The Next Big Thing – 10 year anniversary dvd.

Thanks to Leo for sending this disc to me!

I was not aware that this organisation was no more and that is a definite shame. The Next Big Thing kicked off in 1996 and was responsible

for the promotion of countless Perth bands through shows, releasing compilation cds and helping artists out  in many ways.

This disc contains a huge amount of music as well as a bunch of interviews with musicians, promoters and journalists from Perth and regional Western Australia.

Heres the music. It’s 489 megs in size and is all of the 130 odd tracks from the annual NBT CD’s 1996-2006. Well worth the download.

And here is the artwork for all of the cd’s. 26 megs.

Heres part 1 of the DVD :

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