Angus McDeth

HELL YEAH ITS ANGUS MCDETH!

Ultra-cult Venom-style thrash metal features on both this man’s albums. The music is bad and the lyrics are cheesy beyond belief, but whether this is intentional or an accident is uncertain, either way its AWESOME.

And he used a drum machine!

First up, ‘Evil Empire’ from 1993.

And ‘The Great Horned Beast’ from 1995.

 

 

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El Horizonte – Signatures At The Crossroads

Stolen from dBmagazine.

Hailing from Geraldton, Western Australia, up and coming hard rockers El Horizonte have fused together a very angsty and energetic debut album. As winners of their state final of the 2002 National Campus Band Competition, it is clear that the energy from the album must translate to a powerful live show for an audience.

‘Signatures At The Crossroads’ is a very dark album, anger being the main emotive fuel. The production is very bass heavy – fitting with the style, of course – and as of such the lyrics are often hard to pick. The desired gloom is easily communicated however, through the varied styles of murmurs, screams and chanted choruses. Actually, despite not being my style of music at all, I have to admire the complex sound El Horizonte have created by the diversity of their songs in regards to tempo, volume and mix of instruments. “Signatures…” is simply a good taste of the potential El Horizonte have in writing creative, intelligent hard rock.

The album is consistent in its melancholic and haunting mood, which comes with both merits and shortcomings. For one thing, this is not a “user friendly” album and is difficult to appreciate on the first listen. Brash and hard hitting, it triggers a certain amount of apprehensiveness, so one really needs to be patient before realising the depth of sound and harmony that underlies. The low-budget production doesn’t help either – at high volume, the bass really is overpowering. Nevertheless, ‘Signatures…’ is a worthy debut and should El Horizonte keep exploring their talent, they should have a bright future ahead.

Their website is gone, but their myspace is still here. I’ve no idea what happened to them. Click the cover to download this album.

 

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Wayne Simmons – Follow Your Dreams

If you don’t know who Wayne Simmons is, please watch this.

Now if you haven’t killed yourself after watching that its time for Waynes 1996 masterpiece ‘Follow Your Dreams’

Then you can join his fan club.

I don’t have ‘Solo Groovin’ but one day it will be mine.

 

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Haste – What The Beef

99′ vintage pop punk from the boonies. Well, not entirely the boonies, Bullcreek.

I was gigging in this period of time in the punk scene and don’t remember this band at all. Perhaps thats down to my own brain damage, or them not being around for long.

A 5 track EP that cites GOD as the main influence in the liner notes and their baptist church in the thank you’s. Perhaps they stuck to the AA church circuit much as Kerb did back then.

Theres an acoustic secret track which reminded me of the Kerb album too. Click it to git it >

 

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Stoneface – Deep Fried

Don’t recall ever seeing them live. They have a website of sorts still online here.

Seems they had 3 releases. This is ‘Deep Fried’ from 1995.

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Allegiance

What a fucking band. Took me ages to find these records (and a tape) which is a shame as they were a huge band by local standards. There is a lot about them on youtube.

Heres 2 albums, Skinman and Destitution.

This is their 1992 Demo ‘Torn Between Two Worlds’.

This their live CD ‘Time To React‘, recorded in December 1994 at ther Triple J studios in Perth.

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I’ve stolen a bunch of pictures from around the web and from their myspace etc as these things have a habit of disappearing from the internet.

 

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Air Ensemble

Rex Horan was in it along with members of Seahorse Radio. They were the ultimate jazz/funk/rock fusion band. I saw them like three times and it made me

question my desire to play an instrument as I was clearly not worthy.

I only have this record, I’m missing ‘The Message’ and would like it very much. UPDATE : Thanks to Senton we have this now too. GREAT!

Air Ensemble – The Message

Air Ensemble – Kardinya Lights

 

And heres some youtube videos of tracks from The Message :

And since then Rex has gone on to form Mamas Gun who are pretty incredible and have indeed become ‘big in japan’ :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdGdtrgP9hA&feature=related

 

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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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Bucket – Flounder / Muddle

I’ve had the Flounder EP since it was new (bought from TRAX Innaloo…what!). I never saw them live that I can recall!

They have a new Facebook page which is quite awesome and has been documenting some of their history.

RTRFM recently did a great history session on them too. You can stream that here.

I had never actually heard the Muddle LP until getting sent it by Dave Fallon and its great. Thanks Dave!

From 1994 this is the ‘Flounder’ EP.

And the 1995 LP ‘Muddle’.

 

 

For fans of that Swervedriver-esque 90’s shoegaze this is a must have.

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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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Caddis – Use Only As Directed

A mid to late 90’s “Nu Metal” outfit, Caddis released this album in mid 1999.

Theres a great review of this on the Perth Metal blog by Jez, and I agree with every point he makes so rather than write anything of my own – read this.

Download here.

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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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Left Nut – Pigs Arse

Right. Straight off the bat I am going to say I did not pay money for this. I’m ripping it as its so absolutely fucking bad it needs to be archived as one of those ‘wtf’ moments

of Perth music history. I saw this bands name around all the time in the mid to late 90’s. Almost unavoidable. I couldn’t work out if it was a serious band or not and never saw them live.

This recording sounds like it was performed by a year 9 school band, complete with awesome meandering pointless solos and some amazing 1 finger casio keyboard melodies throughout the songs.

Generally I can’t be arsed to photograph or scan cover art if I can’t find it online but in this case, I have.

Apparently they also won a WAMI because they drove around collection a large amount of copies of X Press and mailed in a stack of nominations, voting for for themselves. Genius.

 

Download this pile of crap here. It’s absolutely worth the 31 megs.

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Trench – Scarification

I almost didn’t rip this CD and post is simply because if you go into basically ANY Cash Converters in Perth you can buy a copy for a buck.

This is no mean feat seeing this record came out sometime around 1995.

The band flooded, and I mean FLOODED Cashies with their debut and perhaps only album with hundreds of copies over the years.

At one point there must have been 30 of them on the racks in the Osborne Park cashies and every other secondhand store within a 20km radius had a few as well. I went into the Mandurah store over xmas this year and they had 2 copies.

That aside this is a fairly decent 90s metal record, much in the vein of the first Allegiance album I guess. I never saw them play live that I recall but they shout the usual 90’s

metal bands from Perth in the liner notes such as SFD, Nebula, Downer, Grimoire, Choke etc.

 

Lead guitarist ‘Ershon’ was a year above me in high school and as far as I remember was about the most metal dude I’d ever seen by the time he was 15. Strangely this year at Churchlands High was also shared by Karl Smith from Thermos Cardy/Sodastream. You couldn’t get further apart musically if you tried.

 

Anyway here is the record ‘Scarification’. Enjoy.

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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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Light The Fuse compilation – M16’s, Fourstroke, The Volcanics.

Light The Fuse is a great compilation from 2005 featuring 4 songs from Perth’s best Rock’n’Roll bands – The VolcanicsThe M-16’s and Fourstroke. Also features 3 covers of The Bamboos, The Victims and The Bakery. It came out on ‘Out Of The Loop Records’ who have released some hot records in their time but may well be asleep now.

I stole the little write up above from Devils Rumble blog which has some great treats for your ears.

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