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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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Perthquake Compilation

This great compilation is from about 2001 and features Boredumb / Billings Method / Caddis / Downsyde / Jed Whitey / Negative Reply / CPS / Dropsick Injektors / The Dirty Whittler / Ballpoint / No Wonder / Matty B / PC Thug and Fourstroke.

Awesome stuff. Get it here.

 

 

 

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W.A Grade Compilation

This is a great 2003 compilation by PCW Records featuring some of the best hardcore/punk/pop punk bands the city had to offer at that time.

The label was also responsible for another compilation ‘Perthquake‘.

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This one has tracks from :  3 Days Later / AIDS / Alleged / Capital City / Change of Face / Eleventh He Reaches London / Fool The World / From The Ruins / Homicides / Jed Whitey / Kerb / Killed In Action / Last Years Hero / Local Pricks / Miles Away / Nailed Down / Negative Reply / PC Thug / The Coffins / The Critics / The Dead Ends / Times Up / Waste Of Space / Whitechapel ..

Get it here.

 

 

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Prawns With Horns

I saw these guys once at Yac It Up in Melville, I think anyway. I was really into ska and had no idea they existed before that fateful day around 1999. I was kinda bummed too, like I’d missed out on a local band with a horn section who could actually play. I never saw them again after that day either, go figure. They were a ‘wacky’ party band of sorts. That time I saw them was the first time I saw anyone ever use a real theremin on stage, it ruled.

Annyway it seems they toured outside of Australia quite alot, no mean feat for a pre-internet band from Perth. I’ll let their website do the rest of the horn blowing for them.

Here is their 1999 LP ‘Ampersand’.

And their 1996 LP ‘Cisco And His Disco’.

 

 

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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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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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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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Umpire – Green Light District

I don’t normally post new music on this blog, but I can’t stop listening to this song. You may recognise members from bands such as Adam Said Galore, O and Mukaizake.

Buy their record here. Seriously worth the purchase. It’s a measly 8 bucks for the download.

 

 

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Rosemary Beads

Unfortunately the Rosemary Beads (specifically Gretta Little) do not want their music archived here.

It’s taken 10 years of running this site for anyone to take such offence at their art being remembered on this little pocket of the internet. Even though I had removed their music many months ago and replaced it with links to Citadel Records online shop where you could purchase 2 of their EP’s, this was not enough. I received this today from Gretta and have now taken down the flyers, pictures and bio that was on this post originally. The threats at the end really hit a nerve.

At the end of the day however, it is their art and how they choose for it to be consumed is up to them … to a point. If you want music to be ‘yours’ and nobody else’s – don’t release it. And don’t be a dick.

 

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Charlottes Web – Short Time Straight

Thankyou to Devo for the contributions today.

First up –

Charlotte’s Web were an Australian Indie pop band, formed in Perth, Western Australia, briefly as Catherine Wheels, in 1986 with mainstay Jeffery Lowe on vocals and guitar.The band released Flies in the Face of… on cassette in January 1988 and Short Time Strait as an EP in February 1991 before disbanding later that year.

Wiki link : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlotte’s_Web_(band)

Charlottes Web – Short Time Straight

 

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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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Cartman – Nobody EP

Another band who I can pilfer information about from Wikipedia. This entry was clearly written by someone in the band but gives you a good insight into them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartman_(band)

Heres the Nobody EP from 2000.

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Atmosfear

Atomsfear were quite competent musicans and obviously played live quite a lot. I seem to recall the singer being responsible for the SLAM gigs often held at the Newport and other venues and those gigs did a lot of good for up and coming bands so hats off to him.

Atomsfear – Sharon Stone. (1998). Click the artwork to download..

Next is the 1996 LP ‘Pop Sick Kill‘.

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And also from 1996 another LP called ‘Stash‘.

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Bluetile Lounge

Man I can’t believe I haven’t put this up yet.

What a fucking band. Serious. Amazing. And I’ll come right out and get the obvious out of the way; they played slow. Real slow. And I honestly think that if they were still around now and starting their careers as a new group in 2011 they’d be huge. Singer Daniel Erickson now plays for Mukaizake who you need to check out if you haven’t already. Drummer Alex Stevens is an architect in London. I don’t know about the others.

 

They released 2 things. An EP called Lowercase in 1995, and the 1998 LP ‘Half Cut’. You can get both on eBay usually.

Stolen from last.fm :

Formed in Perth, Western Australia in 1991, Bluetile Lounge underwent a lengthy incubation period in order to perfect their singular sound, waiting a full two years later to debut, and even then only in the most intimate, living-room settings. These shows slowly led to dodgy pub gigs, and culminated in the creation of their debut album, lowercase. Released in late 1995 on the Summershine label via the reccomendation of Low guitarist Alan Sparhawk, the album was distributed in the US by Sub Pop.

 

Stolen from cduniverse:

BLUETILE LOUNGE discography. Perth, Australia’s Bluetile Lounge create one of the most delicately held-together Walls of Sound possible, which means there is something both sad and captivating about the music, with its alternately quiet and loud dynamics always unfurled at the same painstaking pace, which surely takes a few hints from the music of the Velvet Underground, or more likely that band’s prettier descendent Galaxie 500. The hushed moments act as the spaces in the music, but they seem more like musical shrouds than clarifiers; it is when the guitars, bass, and drums come crashing down that the most introspection is inspired. The sound cacophonies conjured up by the band are like epiphanies, vast, sublime vistas full of brittle chordal architecture, cities in the mind that are wholly intoxicating because they make you wait for the payoff, the end of the dream. The band’s second album, Half-Cut, is full of moments in which tension is built up like a slow-forming tidal wave, almost as if the band stores the tension in some room with the door bowing and splintering under its weight and pressure before letting it out in a great gust of breath that contains everything: frustration, pain, euphoria, bliss, all passing by interminably as objects. There is not always sufficient enough difference between the melodies, especially since many of the songs last seven minutes or longer and the vocals are more like subliminal whispers beneath the music than anything else. Certain songs, however, do rise out of the sound: “Lapsis,” a gorgeous, drowsy ballad with a gossamer web of harmonies; the three-minute bit of metaphysical noodling, “Shifty,” a listless raga; the short cosmic stomp of “Whiner.” But even if Half-Cut consisted entirely of one long, shimmering, melodic drone like the ones on this album, it would be worth it to let the half-speed beauty sprinkle down over you, like a rain shower on a warm day. Howard Healy (vocals, guitar, bass); Gabriell Cotton (guitar, piano, background vocals); Alexander Stevens (drums, percussion). Personnel: Alexander Stevens (drums, percussion).

Click the album cover to download ‘Lowercase’  from 1995.

And here is ‘Half Cut’ from 1997.

 

And some youtube links :

 

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Yummy Fur – Fur’ther

Due to there being a Glaswegian band of the same name existing at almost the same time period its quite hard to find much online about Yummy Fur.

However, if you were going to shows in Perth in the 90’s I probably don’t need to write much about them as they were pretty

much unavoidable during that decade.

Here is their 1993 EP called ”Fur’ther”.

 

Whilst on a google loop I ran into this project which appears to include one of the previous members Jerome Maz : http://www.thesixtyone.com/sushalini/#/sushalini/

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Glimmer – Save It Til Starlight

Thanks to ‘d’ for the comment on this post. I’ve stolen it and now we have a write up about Glimmer.

 

Glimmer were quite important to the late 90′s scene in that the band had Kirsty and Rob who ran Halflight Records. The band always got a high number of other bands members rock up to watch them.
Halflight released Plutonic Girl’s ‘X ray Vision’, a couple of Red Jezebel EPs, Anodyne 500s ‘Treasureway’ and also the first record by Deloris (melbourne).
They also ran a recording studio that im sure many other bands rehearsed or recorded at. (i know Jebs rehearsed some of Someday Shambles there).
They got a bit of JJJ airplay with one song off this album and when JJJ decided to eventually do a live broadcast from WA i think it was all halflight bands that played live.
After changing drummers they changed there name to Braving the Seabed.

So yeah thats something about this band!

Glimmer – Save It Til Starlight

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