Externals

I stole this whole bio. It’s spot on though.

Rock band The Externals were formed in the Perth suburb of Swanbourne in 1991 by vocalist/ guitarist Anthony Moffitt, Bass player Matt Stevens and Drummer Shane Toppin, all soldiers in the Australian Regular Army.

The band played a raw guitar driven rock’n’roll style heavily influenced by other Australian rock acts, in particular The Celibate Rifles and Midnight Oil. The Externals had an affinity with surfing and the Australian beach culture, this being evident in the raw guitar melody and surfing themes of their music. The Externals also found inspiration in the ‘Seattle’ sound in their formative years, influenced by bands such as Mudhoney, Pearl Jam and Greenriver. The band’s later material did include more political themes and influences.
The core members of The Externals, being Anthony Moffitt and Matt Stevens remained throughout the bands tenure. Shane Toppin departed in 1992 after moving to Melbourne. Adam Hodges played drums in the period 1992-1994. It was in 1995 that the band evolved into its current five piece format (like that of its inspirational Australian counterparts) with Andy Leopardi on rhythm guitar, Tony King on Lead Guitar and Kev the Head on Drums. It was at this time that The Externals signed with Sydney Independent record label “Phantom Records”, distributed through Mushroom Records.
The Externals home venue was the now demolished Swanbourne Hotel. The band played regularly at the Hotel with many sold out performances to manic crowds of beer and sweat drenched surfers and soldiers in search of the ‘four on the floor’ style guitar charged rock music the band passionately played. The Externals still hold the record attendance numbers for a local Perth Band record release to this date (release of CD Anastasia’s Hand in 1994). The band toured the East Coast with this line up in 1996 playing at ‘Homebake’ and supporting other bands such as The Cosmic Psychos, The Celibate Rifles, Hellmenn and Front End Loader from Brisbane through to Melbourne. 1997 saw another line up change with Tony King departing and Killian Albrecht, a WA conservatorium trained musician, joining the band on lead guitar. Kev the Head also departed with another Perth conservatorium trained musician Shane Bolton joining on drums. The Externals toured extensively that year both on the East and West Coast’s of Australia, culminating in playing at the ‘Big Day Out’ in 1997. Andy Leopardi, Killian Albrecht and Shane Bolton would later leave the band and Nic Frichot (rhythm guitar), Damien Jimbazi (lead guitar) and Dave Leach would later join to continue the band’s line up until 2000. Damien and Dave both from Perth rock band “Dystonia’.
The Externals have four releases all soon to be available online via the www.theexternals.com.au website. (note – no longer exists)
• Dog Beach — 1993 (4 track EP)
• Anastasia’s Hand — 1994 (4 track EP)
• Toolshed — 1996 (album produced by The Celibate Rifles’ Kent Steedman)
• Sale — 1999 (album)
The Externals stopped playing regularly in 2000 due to conflicting work schedules and the overseas relocation of some band members. Most recently, The Externals played a show on Australia Day 2009 in Swanbourne, Western Australia to a large packed crowd of loyal surf loving and beer guzzling followers on the beach at Sunset. It is highly likely that the band will play further shows in Perth during 2010 and 2011.

So there you have it. I really don’t need to say much more other than I loved watching these guys down at the Lookout or Swanbourne Hotel back in the day. Those classic lineups of Storytime, Mutt, Botticellis Angels, Externals etc. It was a great time of my life as a Scarborough surf grom and I am sure glad I had a panel van to sleep in.

Heres their record ‘Sale’ and the EP ‘Anastasias Hand’. Click either cover to download.

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Three Second Memory – Datura

Recorded in 1999 at ‘The Upper Room’ in Vic Park , this is a 5 track EP kind of in the 90s STP/Tool vein.

I don’t know a thing about this band. It’s quite a good record though.

Personnel for the recording :

Darren Brandli : Bass

Colby Leaman : Guitar

Kane Sarich : Vocals

Matt Yovich : Drums

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Live At Mojos

This is a compilation released by Mojos Bar in conjunction with the Artists For Old Growth Forest.

Recorded in the year 2000, it features live recordings from a wide range of artists including Prawns With Horns, Spank, Delicatessen, John Butler, The Automasters, Proton and Rhibosome. Apparently its quite hard to find this particular John Butler song anywhere.

All proceeds for this CD were donated to those waging the war against the felling of old grown forest in the South West.

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Spin Compilation

This is a 2001 Music WA compilation called ‘Spin’.

Featuring music from Jebediah / Downsyde / Karnivool / John Butler Trio / The Automasters / Alice Haines / Stephen Pilgram / The Waifs / Ziggy Bey Jan Group / Butch Manning / Jodie Ties / Sleepy Jackson.

A small insight into what was going on in some of Perths scenes in 2001.

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Live at the Cornflakes

This is a 1997 compilation released by RTRFM featuring recordings from the Live At The Cornflakes breakfast show.

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Fluid Time Carnival

Fluid Time Carnival were a funk-rock band formed in 1998 in Perth Western Australia. Members of the band were Scott Archibald, vocals, Adrian Zorzi on drums, Nick Roberts on Bass, backup vocals and decks and Chris Archibald, guitars and vocals. After releasing the Billy Was My Idol E.P. and their self titled début through Hit ‘n’ Run Records they disbanded on September 10, 2001.

This features some of my least favourite things on earth such as endless funk chops and bass slaps, vocals such as ‘funk it up’ and a whole track devoted to a ‘funk jam’.

That said they were quite competent musicans and my least favourite things may be your absolute favourites. I don’t recall seeing them play live.

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Dogbox

No information on this other than the cover, which has pretty much no information on it!

Recorded in 1994 at Pet Rock. Band members name are all ‘wacky’ aliases so no idea if any of them played with anyone else.

Someone else might know more?

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Waste Of Space

Debut release from ska/punk band Waste of Space. Recorded in 2001, this recording is pretty much indicative of their live shows. Just tighter! They played around the Perth punkrock scene for a good long time and had a great crew of friends who seemed to accompany them to most of their shows.

Band : JJ, Spencer, Rhys, Paul, TA, Claire and Yancey.

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And thanks to Benny Mayhem here is 4 tracks from their ‘Place Your Bets‘ demo.

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