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Channel 31 – Filter

Channel 31 – Filter

A fantatic VHS conversion thanks to Figg featuring a pretty healthy cross section of the Perth scene in the year 2000.

It features interviews and footage of No Wonder, Capital City, The Rats,  Turnstyle, Brett Rowe (that hair!!),  DJ’s

Echoic, BJam, Krank, Dan Stinton and some of Perths record store staff at the time.

 

 

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The Next Big Thing Volume 3

The Next Big Thing Volume 3

Presented by Healthways, Drinksafe and Respect Yourself, this is a compilation from 1998. It features 12 tracks from acts such as John Butler,

Wide Open Spaces (aka Halogen), Idle 55, The Dirty Whitler but to name a few.

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squadcar 96

squadcar 96

They existed from 1995-1998. Each year they changed their name, from Squadcar 95 in 1995 and so on until 1998. They released one 7” split-EP with the band Bright Eyes and an album called Sububstance.

Here it is.

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And it seems Andrew Sousa was also in Lost who I have a record from on the site, here.  He’s also making music in the UK with Jerome Maz, formerly of Yummy Fur. 

 

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Volatine (1995)

Volatine (1995)

This is a self titled EP by Volatine that came out in 1995 on Salmonberry Records. Sorta reminds me of Pearl Jam.

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Yiannos McStavros – The Story of a House I Knew

Yiannos McStavros – The Story of a House I Knew

Generally I only post about music from the past but here is something from right now.

Yiannos McStavros was the frontman of the amazingly amazing pop/ska/punk outfit ‘Billings Method’ and also contributed axe/backing vox to the similarly amazing ‘Whitechapel’.

In his latest musical output we see him strip things right back to the bone. It’s acoustic, its solo, its ‘The Story Of A House I Knew’.

Oh and its free.

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Breakfast Beats Your Bongo – 1994

I am pretty happy to have come across a physical copy of this disc after a trip to the hellhole that is Mandurah Cash Converters earlier this year.

This is another CD compiled on Idaho Records by Bob Gordon from XPress and it is the follow up to the 1993 compilation ‘Bedtime Beats You Brainless‘.

Featuring 14 tracks from a fairly varied cross section of the Perth live scene in 1994 it includes acts such as Verona, Lamia, Bucket, Header, Circus Murders amongst others.

A great little compilation and well worth the download. Grab it here.

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Begerk + Rage

Stolen from Dr Al’s Begerk Recordings facebook page, and well worth the repost.

Way too many hours spent watching Rage over the years has given me an unnatural love of filmclips. Yep, luv em. Anyway, I’ve got a playlist on youtube featuring all the clips I could find from past and present Bergerk! clients but if I’ve missed anyone let me know and I’ll add it in.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL839929928593E539

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The Healers

Thanks to Miles Hitchcock for getting in touch regarding his band ‘The Healers who existed 89-91.

A Perth rock band in the grunge days, popular but short-lived. Released 3 recordings on Survival Records:

Check out some audio and other projects of Miles here.

 

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Bang! Records

I stumbled across this label recently while looking for some Asteroid B612 stuff and could hardly believe my eyes.

Bang! Records is based in the basque country of Spain. It’s catalogue however couldn’t be further from its location as it seems to release and re-release fairly obscure and often out of print music by Australian artists, with a good helping of W.A bands and artists.

Theres stuff in their catalogue that was never EVER released, even in Australia. They put out an amazing double 12” from Gutterville Splendour Six, a compilation of all of the Proton Energy Pills music (who then went on to become Tumbleweed) which was only ever available on impossible to find 7″ inch releases, they’ve got a great record by who I assume is the owner of the label doing a couple of tracks with Kent Steedman from the Celibate Rifles and they’ve just put out a unreleased record made 15 years ago by Kim Salmon and Mudhoney. Incredible stuff. I wanted to snap my credit card after finding this site.

For those into Aussie rock vinyl its an absolute gold mine. Check them out HERE.

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Apartment 25 / 99

A big thankyou to Brett for these 2 tape rips. Seemingly impossible to come by, he has ripped a couple of recordings from his collection.

A brief rundown of their inner workings, again from Brett and a comment he left on my Plutonic Girl upload.

”Apartment 99 was Simone, Lily, and Todd.
Todd left and joined Turnstyle, leaving them with Apartment 25.
Carla joined and became Plutonic Girl.
Paul from Red Jezebel joined then left to go on tour with Jebediah instead.”

So here we have 2 tape rips in one zip file. The first is a single track promo of sorts called ‘The Art Of Conversation’, the second is their ‘This Is A Home Recording’ album.

Sadly the first few tracks from this are a little muffled due to coming off tape, but they get better as the album progresses. Side B is perfect.

Get them both here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Humbug

Amazingly, you can still buy this 1996 EP digitally on Amazon and iTunes.

I had to post on Perthbands.com to remind myself the name of Tim Jewells band. This is really good, I’ve no idea what happened to them.

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The Panics

Yes they’re still very much alive and kicking, but I can break my own rules can’t I? They have a new record coming out at the end of July.

This is their new video :

 

And heres another from their 2004 release ‘Crack In The Wall’ that is my favourite song of theirs to date.

http://www.thepanics.com.au/

 

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Avid Grey

Heres an awesome 7 tracker from 2000 called ‘A History of Inglorious Failures’. Thanks again to Robert for the submission.

Seems someone from this band is also in Shimmergloom, or maybe someone from Verona was in Avid Grey too. Google tells me nothing.

Click the cover to download.

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Verona

I really like this band. I’m happy to have a couple of releases of theirs for the site and big thanks go to Robert for the submission of their EP ‘Shalvros’.

I don’t remember alot about their history or wether they released anything other than Slavros and ‘Fuel’. It seems someone from the band went on to play in an outfit called

Shimmergloom..

Anyway here is 2 EP’s. From 1994 ‘Fuel’ an 1996 ‘Shalvros’. Right click and save as.

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Turnstyle

 

I hated this band. HATED. I hated people who liked them. Especially those two rather large girls who did the side to side swivel dance to them and Team Jedi.

Now I’m 35 and wear the occasional cardigan on a chilly night I quite enjoy them. The fact it took me 15 years longer to enjoy argyle knitwear than these guys may mean I’ve aged well…..more appropriately perhaps. Whatever. They have a nice amount of videos on their youtube. And a helpful wiki entry. And a myspace and a facebook and a website than links them all together.

 

Here is the ‘Itcheekneesonchee’ EP from 1997. I need the other stuff too if anyone has it.

 

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Bedtime Beats You Brainless Compilation (1993)

I’ll let the cover art do the talking. Click either for the download.

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Missing Garden Gnomes

Everything you ever needed to know and 10 times more can be found here .

And here is their debut release ‘Socks’.

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Not Enough Rope

Wiki.

Their debut EP was I’ll Tell You When I See You in 1996, followed by their debut album Fingerpistol and My Way EP (both in 1998) and Paying Off My Radials album in 2001, which features a cover of The Triffids‘ “Wide Open Road“.

 

Matt Kealley now plays in acoustic folk rock band, Jigger, Matt Galligan is a professional photographer, Todd Lynch and Mike Lane went on to form King Brown and Shanks Pony, a group Lynch is still actively involved in. Mike now spends most of his time involved in cricket coaching and administration, playing live infrequently, as a guest player for local original artists.

Heres the first EP.

And here is their 1999 LP called Fingerpistol.

 

 

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Plutonic Girl

If I remember rightly this was what happened  after Apartment 25/99. Simone Hageman and Lily Sumich featured in both bands.

 

This is the 1998 release ‘Use Your X-Ray Vision’. I loved Simone Hageman from afar as a teenager. Where is she now?

Lily Sumich is now in Benedict Moleta and was also in The Spinsters.

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Sugarchild

 

Stolen from Music Australia:

Sugarchild grew out of the grunge era, which inspired two fourteen year old girls with bad attitudes and even worse hair to start their own band. Those girls were Katie Attwell (vocals/piano) and Joanne Dolphin (bass). They roped in Ian, Jo’s brother, who was rather good at playing the guitar, and an early incarncation of Sugarchild was born.

Sugarchild commenced gigging 1995 and soon became noteworthy in the flourishing Perth original music scene. Reviewers likened them to the Sundays, Portishead, the Cranberries and U2. They praised the “haunting pop tunes”, “powerful melodies” and “rich intertwining guitars”.

Sugarchild’s early career featured a number of high profile gigs including the prestigious “Bang” Artrage Closing Party (1995) and the Kiss My Wami Awards (1996-2000). In 1996, the band was nominated in the categories of “most promising new band” and “most popular female vocalist”. Their song “The Problem” appeared on the 1998 Kiss My Wami CD. The track “Sad 80’s Pop” was included on RTR FM’s Live at the Cornflakes (1997).

The band were state finalists in the 1996 NAD Campus Bands competition, where reviewers praised their “glorious muse…simple, thoughtful delivery” and “excellent form of indie pop”, “a set filled with catchy rhythms and angelic melodies…the most impressive set of the night”. They also appeared at the “Totally Frocked” Women in Music gig and RTR’s “In the Pines” (1997) to similar critical acclaim.

Sugarchild released their self-titled debut EP on the 19th September 1998 at the Grosvenor Frontroom (Perth) to an appreciative crowd and rave reviews. The CD was recorded in July 1997 at Revolver Sound Studios, Perth, with Ben Glatzer, and mastered by Don Bartley at Studio 301, NSW. The recording received high rotation airplay on RTR FM, Perth’s top independent radio station, and was also played several times on Triple J’s Oz Music Show.

 

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I liked this band. Initially. They mellowed at an alarming rate though and ended up a very chilled out, almost entirely acoustic or ‘alt country’ as their myspace claims.

This is their release ‘Watch The Walls’ from 2000, a single called ‘Coconut and Lime’ from 2002 as well as their 2002 6 tracker ‘Make It Happen’. Sadly I don’t have any of the earlier stuff. They had a nice track called ‘Problem’ on the 1998 Wami CD which I’ll upload at some point.

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