Perth Metal Blog

While not actually providing any music, this blog has some interesting and fairly in depth reviews of the major players in the Perth metal scene from days gone by.

http://perthmetal.blogspot.com/

I must admit I did have a laugh when I saw the line ‘Find a copy if you can, you won’t regret it’ to describe a SFD tape from 18 years ago. Luckily you can download it from here!

I don’t know who owns it but I’d sure like a few of the releases they have up there.

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SFD

Pretty stoked to have these tape rips. Used to see them play live all the time, they were awesome.

Thanks to Dr. Al for this one. This is their 1992 tape ‘Dematerialize’.

 

 

 

Recorded in 1993 this is ‘Destruction Of The Youth’.

 

 

 

 

 

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Gutterville Splendour Six

Holy balls this is amazing. I hadn’t heard this for like 10 years til being sent it this month. Thanks Andris, who has been providing the site with some great uploads.

The Gutterville Splendour Six is an alternative rock band from Perth, Western Australia. After forming in 1995 their only release was their critically acclaimed self-titled EP, whose most notable fan was the late and great John Peel. After disbanding in 2000 the band’s members have gone on to form many renowned acts including The Drones, Kill Devil Hills, MF And His Truckload Of Hope, and The Volcanics. The band plays bluesy, stripped back rock, and are known for their loud and intense live performances.

This is their Self Titled EP. Click the cover to get downloadin’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Hydey Documentary

This appeared finally on youtube after much discussion. Personally I think its missing alot of things that the hydey was about, focussing almost entirely on dudes, and punk rock. I loved that scene but its only a small fragment of the hotels history. ~They do claim theres a full length feature in the works but one can only assume it will just be an extended version of this.

 

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Short Poppies Documentary

Shot in Perth in 99/00, this short documentary outlines some of the ins and outs of the Perth scene at that point in time.

It however nice to see some of the faces of people behind the music that this site focuses on heavily.

 

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Youtube

I started sticking 1 song from each record on Youtube. This may come in handy in ‘try before you leech’ kinda way for those on slow connections or whatever.

http://www.youtube.com/user/perthmusicblog#p/u

 

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Prankwagon

A 3 piece punk rock band from Northam who released this record in 1998. Arguably the worst cover artwork of that year, they were nice enough guys and played around town for a few years.

This is their album ‘Backdown’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lamia

They may have relocated to Melbourne by the time this came out.

Lamia were :
Anthony Shortte, percussion ; Andrew McCubbin, guitars and vocals ; Kate Kelly, guitar and vocals ; Peter Stone, bass and vocals.

This is the 1996 EP/LP called Armourer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bung Orkid – Lipstick Collision

Recorded in 97/98 at Pet Rock this is the LP ‘Lipstick  Collision’ from Bung Orkid. Kinda rock/funk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Change Of Face

From last.fm: A CHANGE OF FACE are more than “just a punk band”. Their promotional CD Structures Built in TIme is a release of technical punk that belies their time together, and also their age. A CHANGE OF FACE formed in March 2001, 2 guitarists Chay and Luke, aswell as Ryan still only 16 at the time.
A big leg-up for the band was in early July when local mangement and booking agency, eightysix music, picked them up. Since then A CHANGE OF FACE have gone on to play frequent shows around WA, including an all ages show with Australian hardcore giants Mindsnare.

Here is two of their releases. From 2003 ‘Jealousy With A Halo’ and from 2002 ‘Drive On’. Both of these appear to be recorded with original drummer Ryan De Rozario who was replaced by Will Irving. De Rozario went on to play with Calerway. Guitarist Chay Robinson was also a member of The Critics.

Myspace.

 

 

 

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100 posts.

100 posts. I started this blog a few years ago on WordPress to simply upload a few tasty gems from my rediculously large collection of music from the city of Perth. Being an overly nostalgic person, I often found myself trying to seek out music that I spent my youth obsessing over. Often any web searches of my favourite home town bands returned very little information. Perhaps an outdated myspace, a photo or 2 but very very rarely any music. This seemed totally wrong to me, how could all those bands who sweated for their art simply have disappeared into the ether?

Now it feels like some kind of archive, and whilst entirely based on a small city most people who travel to Australia never venture to, I feel glad that the amazing music of Perth is available here. Of course there is questionable moral obligations and somewhat doubtful copyright implications of hosting such a large collection of music. So far to date I’ve not had a single complaint for any of the music I’m hosting. I’d also like to thank all the members of bands who have gotten in touch and provided copies of their work.

Heres to 100 more.

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White Trash

I’ve wanted this record for ages. White Trash were fuckin’ awesome. This is their LP ‘Kamikaze’ from 1996.

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Infected

They have a pretty detailled myspace up still http://www.myspace.com/infectedaustralia

Great writeup here. Click the cover for their 1994 album ‘Crawlspace’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this is their follow up album from 1995 ‘Control’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Helena

I don’t recall anything about this band. Will add some info if I remember anything. Heres their demo from 2000.

Helena – Demo

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Heavyweight Champ

Sadly they called it quits at the end of 2007. Super talented band.

Here is their debut EP ‘Two Triple Zero’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Triple Zero is the debut release from Perth heavy rock band Heavy Weight Champ. It was recorded in January 2000 at Subiaco’s Pinnacle Studios in three days. Some additional mixing and mastering was completed at Watt (or iFAAT as it was then known) Studios before the band launched the record to a sold out Amplifier Bar in Perth on 25 August with Long-Bo Tom, Karnivool, Caddis and Full Scale Deflection in support. “Two Triple Zero” went on to chart in the Australian Independent Record Companies Association Chart Top 20 for almost a year.

 

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Fourstroke

They had no bass player. It didn’t matter.

Stolen from here :

In their bio, up-and-coming Perth band, Fourstroke, describe themselves as being influenced by such bands as Black Sabbath, MC5, Fu-Manchu, Queens of The Stone Age, Kyuss, as well classic Aussie rock bands, such as AC/DC, Radio Birdman and the Celibate Rifles, which, as it turns out, is quite an accurate description of their music. Heavy Metal, the band’s debut release, demonstrates maturity and ability beyond their years. The absence of a bass player doesn’t hinder the band’s sound and instead provides them with the flexibility that many similar bands lack. The lead track, Chicks Dig Cars, is particularly impressive with its heavy fuzz sounds, rocking guitar breaks and intelligent tempo changes. GoAussieGo is another particulaly strong song. The only disappointing track is the pedestrian instrumental, Dec System-10. No doubt Fourstroke have a long and successful future ahead of them if Heavy Metal is any indication of their talent.

This is 1999’s ‘Heavy Metal’. 

 

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faces of death

They got a fairly pic heavy facebook page here. Existing in the Perth metal/grind scene from 92-98 it seems they’ve recently reformed and plan on releasing some new stuff.

Amazing youtube videos here too.

Self titled LP here.

 

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A Bus Crash Decapitation

Some crunchy thrash/grindcore from the left coast.

Myspace.

 

 

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3 Orange Whips

If I was ever faced with the dilemma of having to choose 1 single solitary CD from the history of Perth music that I was allowed to keep and had to bin the rest, it would be

‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ by 3 Orange Whips. It’s a riff heavy excursion into balls out rock and roll and it pretty much takes me straight back to any of their countless live shows I was lucky enough to witness. Dan Durack was the penultimate flailing wild frontman unafraid to be completely and absolutely himself even to the most uninterested audiences. Besty was always a sea of teeth and hair and seemed to be loving every moment. Graeame was quite bloody strange, yet loveable and reminded me of early 80s Donald Duck Dunn minus the pipe and afro. James was the meanest shortest elfman to ever wield a Gibson SG.

Perthsounds  has a really good recount of their time in the Perth scene, so much so that I think you should just read that.

Then watch The Whips as they play a horrendous lunchtime show to the little bastards that made up Esperance SHS that year,  no doubt who all went on to become habitual breeders and facebook status updaters. Honestly if you’ve ever been in a band that got sucked into doing a WAMI highschool appearance you will cringe along with me, this is painful. Credit to Music Is Crap.

Anyway I love this record and I loved this band.

Click here to download Three Orange Whips – Ladies and Gentleman 

And thanks to big site contributor Andris here is some more recordings.

Three Orange Whips – It’s Mirrorballs

Three Orange Whips – Keep It Unreal

 

 

 

 

 

And you can hear the soothing sounds of Dan Durack belting it out in London with his band ‘Thee Savage Kicks’.

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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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