Snowman

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

Their Wikipedia has a great deal of information about them.

Here’s two records from them.

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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The Horse, The Rat and The Swan is the second studio album for Perth band, Snowman. It was released on 24 May 2008 on Dot Dash Recordings. Snowman produced the album with Dave Parkin (The Panda Band, Red Jezebel) at Blackbird Studios in Perth, Western Australia. In an interview lead singer, Joe McKee, explains the reasoning behind the name of the album.

The Horse, the Rat and the Swan are three different characters and themes that reoccur in the album. The Horse represents the apocalypse, the Rat represents betrayal and corruption, and the Swan is the letting go of all of this, realising that one cannot be consumed by these dark thoughts constantly because there needs to be beauty and letting go of that.

— Joe McKee [4]

McKee goes on to explain how the band went around creating the album.

I think we wanted to strip things to their rawest form, and to make raw form interesting we had to rely on the rhythms being interesting. There is a big focus on the rhythms. We were all just making a whole lot of noise. It took a while to be happy with it. I mean, it’s not something that we sit around listening to. It was more of a relief to get it finished because it consumed us for such a long time. It broke us. But I think I can speak for the whole band and say that we are very proud of it. The subject matter was directly related to the solitary environment that we wrote in. I think we focused on isolating ourselves even more than we had in the past. We decided that we needed the album to be far more focused and cohesive than the first. The solitude in turn took its toll on our mental state, which may be the reason for the apocalyptic and bleak nature of the album as all of our fears and paranoias were seeping out slowly.

— Joe McKee[4]

The first single to be lifted off the album was “We Are The Plague”.

Trait Records is about to release this on vinyl. They also have digital copies for sale. Get either here.

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O!

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!

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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Scout

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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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Idle 55

This band has had quite a remarkable history which I had no idea about until I went to rip this CD I recently acquired from Dadas.

I saw them once in 1998 and whilst not my cup of tea, their name stuck with me.  Here is their website. The bio section is a pretty amazing read and gives a great account of their lives

as 20-something musicians travelling through Europe and the UK spreading their music as best they could. Quite admirable in a pre-internet world.

This is their self titled LP from either 98 or 99.

 

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Sodastream

I love it when a band has a wikipedia entry I can steal from!

Sodastream were an Australian duo consisting of Karl Smith (vocals, guitar) and Pete Cohen (double bass, backing vocals).They have toured widely in Australia, US, Europe and Japanand have had national rotation on Triple J.

The band began in Perth in 1997,recording and releasing their debut EP Enjoy. In 1998 the band relocated to Melbournewhere they recorded and released their second EP Practical Footwear.

In 1999 Sodastream undertook their first tour of Europe including shows in Holland and England. The band then signed with UK label Tugboat Records. Later that year they returned to Europe to play the Crossing Border Festival.

The following year they recorded and released their first album, Looks Like a Russian, toured Europe again and had their first shows in Australia outside Perth and Melbourne.

In 2001 Sodastream recorded and released their follow-up album, The Hill For Company, undertook two national Australian tours and another tour of Europe.

This was then followed by another two tours of Europe in 2002 and 2003 including a live performance on Italian MTV, two national tours of Australia and the band’s first tour of Japan. 2003 also saw the recording and release of the band’s third album A Minor Revival.

In 2004 Sodastream undertook their first tour of the United States,with further tours of Europe and Australia. The following year saw the recording and the release of the EP Take Me With You When You Go and in 2006 the release of the album Reservations. This was followed by an extensive European tour.

The band announced their break-up on 18 February 2007. Their final show was at Melbourne’s East Brunswick Club on 2 March 2007.

Born from the ashes of  Thermos Cardy came Sodastream. A little too lo-fi and jangly for my own personal tastes at the time they achieved quite a lot

of notoriety outside the bleak confines of the Perth scene and attracted small yet passionate audiences  on their frequent international tours.

You can still buy their music in both cd and mp3 (via iTunes) from their official site here. A very in depth discography of their career exists here.

I’ve decided to put up 2 things from them, their first and their last releases. I guess it shows quite clearly their evolution as a group and Karl Smith even demonstrates

a rare exercise in distortion pedal on their 1997 debut ‘Enjoy’.

 

The EP ‘Practical Footwear’ from 1998 contains some awesome extra content including a video and some photos. These are below.

Sodastream – Neon

Their Youtube channel has some other videos here

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