An amazing archive of live recordings has surfaced on Soundcloud. There is no information about who is responsible for them all but there is currently 22 uploads from bands such as Team Jedi, Turnstyle, Humbug, Effigy, Blue Tile Lounge, Three Orange Whips amongst others. Recorded from the mid 90s to early 2000’s it is also a great reminder of long gone venues such as the Grovesnor, Ozone Bar and Planet Nightclub.
It’s funny how the six degrees of separation can sometimes feel like 3 degrees, or even 2. Especially in Perth.
Long story short I was at visiting a friends place I’d not seen for many years. He puts me onto a work colleague who is on the phone. The gentleman on the phone tells me he loves this blog and he has an unreleased Rothgar track that nobody has ever heard before.
A month or two (or 5 years) passes and it surfaces in my inbox.
So here we have a track called ‘Unsaid’ by early 90’s Perth metal lords, Rothgar. Recorded sometime around late 1993 or early 1994, the track was laid down at the School of Audio Engineering when they were in East Perth. Paul Bell (Engineer and drummer from Baptism Of Hate) was present at the session and grabbed a copy on tape.
Whitechapel was made up of ex-members of the now legendary Perth bands Love Camp 7, Boredumb, and Billings Method, and have fast attained, not only through their past associations but on their own merits, the kind of reputation that is all too rare in this current musical climate…that of creativity and originality.
As an almost revolutionary response to the inane and mindless musical trends of the past five years, Whitechapel stand as a genuine alternative to the mass-marketed, mass-consumed drivel that has been force-fed music fans since the mid `90s.hailing back to the time when alternative music was fuelled by passion, not money, Whitechapel are the very opposition to what has become music’s motivation:image over content
The band’s clearly ironically-titled debut is a subtle introduction to the band, featuring the more direct and simple songs from their repertoire, and is a breath of fresh air from the bombardment of comical retro-rock clones, perfectly manicured punk, andstuck-in-a-time warp metal that seems to be all major labels have to offer the world.Catchy and immediate, with a distinctly dark edge, the band’s songs fall into no genre of any specificity, and highlight the artistic maturity of these seasoned songwriters.
Consisting of five songs and four bridges (the CD flows from song to song without stops) ‘image over content’ is the first step in the journey of a very important band.
Image Over Content was unleashed on 15 December 2003.