Capital City

It’s actually bordering on neglicence how long it’s taken me to put together this collection of Capital City records. To be honest I was hesitant to upload these because I hoped they’d get back together and record more of them. At the time of writing this it’s been 6 years since they called it quits, so here we go.

CAPITAL CITY – consisting of founding members Sam Scherr and Chris Pierucci along with recent inductees Jake Snell and Kate Mills – are Western Australia’s favourite exponents of punk-rock rhythm and blues.

For those who came in late to the whole Capital City story, this Australian band fronted by a diminutive Israeli-born, Washington-raised Western Australian ball of energy, started in Perth in 2000. Their first EP “The God-Botherin’ Years”, recorded by Dr Alien Smith at Bergerk Studios in 2002, received great support from public radio and demon sales from the public. This release saw them win the WAMi award for Most Popular WA Punk Act and tour nationally with Aussie garage rock legends The Stems on their re-union tour at the start of 2003. The second EP, “Capital City vs The Bangkok Lady Boys”, also a Bergerk! product, was another collection of tracks celebrating love, life, hate, death and Thai dudes who decide to the contrary. People reacted well to the new release, with Triple J adding lead track “The Working Class Is After Us” to high rotation. Along the ride the band has supported the likes of Boss Hog, The Datsuns, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Buzzcocks, McLusky, Sons & Daughters and The Strokes plus ace Australian acts such as Beasts of Bourbon, Jet, The Drones, Spencer P Jones, Magic Dirt, Dallas Crane, The Meanies, Rocket Science, Sixfthick, The Tremors, Ground Components & You Am I.

Here is my collection of Capital City records. They did a couple other things I don’t have but will try to track down. I think they were a fucking amazing band and whilst I hate to use that age old cliche of “they should have been huge”, they should have. It seems Sam is now playing in ‘The Macho Men’.

Click each cover to grab the record.

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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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mutt

They have the remnants of a website here, but before it disappears into the ether here’s the bio from it :

The story so far…

“I reckon the North Beach riot, Christmas night 1993, was the wildest gig.” says Mutt guitarist Phil Nixon. ” Six hundred people a dude surfing on the roof, the riot squad, front page headlines around the country, even CNN world news coverage, filth…”Just one of the memorable moments in Mutt’s career so far. Six years on and still pumpin out their distinctive brand of  hardcore/surf/punk/thrash tunes. Their loyal Perth following still pack local venues like the swanny, the Castle, and the Ozone Bar. “900 punters at club Atlantis, Scarborough, was the biggest crowd at a headline gig,” says bass player Damien Pearce. ” I remember Phil spewin because the door girl was charging three bucks instead of five. We lost eighteen-hundred dollars.”

They’ve supported heaps of Australian and overseas bands; played at the Big Day Out in 1996; toured Sydney and Melbourne twice; released a self titled CD. They’re about to release their second CD called “Gallows Apple” through Phantom Music on the Rocket Label. Six in ya face tracks that show the punkier side of the band. Two of the songs ( CMT and Wades Break) were composed by former lead guitarist, the late Aaron Franche. “This CD is dedicated to Aaron.” says the whole band.

The songs were recorded in Perth at Upper Room Studios. Damien Ward engineered and mixed the band live to DAT, no overdubs or funny stuff. What you get is a true representation of what the band sound like live. “Yeah it was a bit of a fluke getting Damien as our engineer.” says singer Wade O. “He’s mixed us live stacks of times, and always pulled a good sound. So we just said … make us sound, like we sound in the pub. And he did.”

Mick Watson from Phantom Music heard the CD and loved it. The band scored a deal on the Rocket Label and will release a follow up full length CD early next year, as well as an eastern states tour to promote it.

“They huff and they puff and they really do blow the house down.” said William (the toughest critic in Perth) Bowe, X-Press Magazine. Mutt have consistently had favourable press, except at a certain The Mark of Cain Support ( which we won’t go into). However they got more press than they ever thought possible, when a Christmas Night party held at Wade and Phil’s house in North Beach, got a little out of hand. The Riot squad were called in to give the press something to put on the news. (Christmas night is generally a quiet one for news). Anyway it made headlines around the country, then CNN picked it up some more, and beamed it around the world. Wade recalls, “we couldn’t even go out because every TV station had a camera pointed at the house.”

Mutt Have supported the following bands; All, Bad Brains, Babes in Toyland, The Mark of Cain, The Fireballs, The Meanies, Tumbleweed, Screamfeeder, Bodyjar, The Hard-ons, Celebrate Rifles, Painters and Dockers, Def FX, Cosmic Psychos, Front End Loader, Grinspoon, Exploding white mice, Psychotic Turnbuckles, Ricaine, Bigger than Jesus, Non intentional lifeform, plus the Perth leg of the 96 Big Day Out where they shared the stage with the Prodigy. To make your own Mutt you will need; Alec McGowan on Drums. Mark Middleton on Lead Guitar’ Wade O singing, Damien Pearce on bass, and Phil Nixon on guitar and bio writing. Pop that in the microwave and enjoy!!! Gallows Apple will be released in November so Check it out…..

Mutt were pretty much one of the most authentic examples of Australian pub/punk rock that Perth ever saw. Desert boots, Holden Station Wagons, Dreadlocks, Surfers, they ticked every box.

I remember hearing about them on Critical Mass on RTR when the guy from The Spicy Baby Tomatoes was presenting it. They played bloody everywhere and with everyone. I first saw them at a house in Scarborough when I was still in High School. I was working at Karrinyup Shopping Centre and was riding my bike home and heard someone playing drums, so I dumped my bike on the front lawn of the house it was coming from and just walked in the open front door and said hi. It turned out to be the drummer of Mutt. We exchanged pleasantries and he wasn’t bothered that a random 16 year old kid had wandered into his house and played me a bunch of Mutt songs. This cemented my decision to become a drummer.

That same year was when they held a Christmas night party at the infamous 107 West Coast Drive (the title of one of their albums). I had graduated high school that year and was there with most of my friends. Everyone climbed on the roof of the house. Mutt played in the front yard by memory. The Police came. The TV cameras came. We were all on the news. It was fucking amazing.

Must have seen them 100 times through the years from the infamous Sunday Sessions at The Castle Hotel in North Beach to the equally legendary Swanbourne Hotel alongside bands like The Externals and Storytime.

This is Mutts debut self titled LP from 1994.

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And here is their LP entitled 107 West Coast Drive.

 

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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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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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Trees Without Knees

Pinched all this info from RTR. Grab their 2006 EP here.

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Klippspringer

I know very little about these guys but here’s a nice 5 tracker  called ‘Employee Of The Month’.

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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!

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1998

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2000

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2001

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2002 – artwork to follow


 

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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


 

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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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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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Schvendes

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.

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“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
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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.

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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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Superscope

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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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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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’.

Click the cover to download.

 

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And here is a 7 tracker called Cycotoxic.

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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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Black Alice

This found its way to my inbox a while ago. I’ve pasted the entire bio as this is a little before my time though. Pretty awesome stuff if like early 80’s rockkkkk!

Black Alice was a Perth heavy metal band from the early 1980s that sounded like Judas Priest.

The album was financed by West Coast Records, Perth, of which was managed by Gary Keady who at the time had an output deal with Powderworks Records in Sydney and Powderworks were an independent distributed by RCA. RCA sponsored their recording session in Singapore and released the album internationally before it was made available in Australia.

Powderworks never released the album, only the single ‘In the Hall of the Ancient Kings’. The album was only ever released in Europe with a deal done by Gary Keady with John Glover of ‘Street Tunes’, who owned the library of Paul Kossoff.

Black Alice were badly done by. The album Endangered Species was excellent and totally original, a little ahead of it’s time for Australia. Even Kerrang voted it in 1984 as one of most original albums to come out of Australia. Like a lot of Australian albums at the time ‘Endangered Species’ got caught up in the independent ‘hassle’. Because the album was made without major record company support and because the band was from Perth, there was little chance of getting a deal direct with a major and thus no hope of gaining promotion to promote the album and the band. It was not a particular success and Black Alice effectively ceased to be shortly afterward.
In 1988 Page and Hartley revived the band with help from Cichon and Johnston from Rose Tattoo to provide the soundtrack for the film Sons of Steel in which Hartley starred.

Page formed Trilogy in 1984 with two former members of Saracen and later did extensive session work including two Angus McDeth albums and in the mid-90s formed a cover band called Black and Blue that evolved into Black Steel.
01. Wings Of Leather, Wings Of Steel
02. Psycho
03. Hell Has No Fury Like Rock ‘N’ Roll
04. Place Of Slaughter
05. In The Hall Of The Ancient Kings
06. Roll The Dice
07. Running Hot, Running Wild
08. Rat Catchers Eyes
09. Power Crazy
10. No Warning

Rob Hartley (vocals)
Jamie Page (guitar)
Vince Linardi (bass)
Joe Demasi (drums)

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Endangered Species

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