FOE – Freedom Of Expression (1998)

FOE – Freedom Of Expression (1998)

Due to their currently being about 14,000 bands that have existed throughout time with the same name as this band and their album,

I found it quite hard to find out anything about them online. My memory is a blur about FOE. I know I saw them but don’t remember much more than that.

This record is what you’d best describe as a metal/rock/funk hybrid.

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Deluge – Human Traits

Deluge – Human Traits

Str8 outta Bunbury, mid 90’s. Couldn’t find a thing about this online apart from some metal archive links.

Recorded, produced and mixed by Russell Collins at Phoenix Media Labs, Bunbury 1996.

It has a kinda metal/rock/backyard party/emubitter/90’s vibe.

Scott Kinsella : Guitar

Glen Boulden : Drums

Jason Fardig : Vocals

Daren Kinkella : Bass

Denzil Maher : Guitar


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Hip Mo Toast – Introducing (1999)

Hip Mo Toast – Introducing (1999)

I stole this bio :

If you have ever frequented hot jazz night spots in Perth, Western Australia, then you have most certainly found yourself bopping along to the moody and swinging sounds of Perth’s favourite jazz combo, Hip Mo’ Toast.

Boasting a broad repertoire, slick arrangements and joie de vivre,Hip Mo’ Toast are the martini-sipping swingers’ first choice in musical entertainment whether looking for the perfect ambience for an intimate encounter or the infectious voodoo beat of a funky mambo. And let’s not forget they play darn good jazz.

Since their formation in early 1997, Hip Mo’ Toast have played in
restaurants, hotels and concert venues such as the Burswood Casino Theatre,
Perth Entertainment Centre, The Subiaco Hotel, Plantation Estate, the Red Herring, The Red Rock Hotel, Reveley’s, and Phillimore’s.

They have wowed audiences at jazz clubs and lounges such as the Perth Jazz Society, Greenwich, Varga Lounge, the Fly By Night Musicians’ Club and Jazz Fremantle. Hip Mo’ Toast has featured at festivals such as the South Perth Fiesta, Geraldton Seajazz Spectacular, Araluen Botanical Gardens, Perth Swan Festival Club, Fremantle Festival, York Jazz Festival, and with Frank Bennett for the City of Stirling Concert.

Hip Mo’ Toast has brought its special blend of sophistication and with-it-ness to country venues as far afield as the Earl Of Spencer in Albany, Caves House in Yallingup, Leeuwin Estate and Vasse Felix Wineries in Margaret River and has supported Grace Knight, Engelbert Humperdinck, Frank Bennett and Dionne Warwick, to name but a few !


Shane Pooley
Libby Hammer
Michael Perkins
Chris Foster
Troy Roberts

This is their debut recording from 1999.

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Volatine (1995)

Volatine (1995)

This is a self titled EP by Volatine that came out in 1995 on Salmonberry Records. Sorta reminds me of Pearl Jam.

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Yiannos McStavros – The Story of a House I Knew

Yiannos McStavros – The Story of a House I Knew

Generally I only post about music from the past but here is something from right now.

Yiannos McStavros was the frontman of the amazingly amazing pop/ska/punk outfit ‘Billings Method’ and also contributed axe/backing vox to the similarly amazing ‘Whitechapel’.

In his latest musical output we see him strip things right back to the bone. It’s acoustic, its solo, its ‘The Story Of A House I Knew’.

Oh and its free.

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I don’t even know what the hell this is. Thanks to Chris Righteous @ Dadas for the donation.

It’s actually so fucking weird and bad that I didn’t bother to rip it all to mp3. The disc art is enough. 29 tracks of home recorded noise that seems to concentrate lyrically on such subjects as :

– fuck cops

– fuck bouncers

– i drive better with a few in me

– chopper reid

– fuck cops/bouncers

I dunno why the disc art has details of how to buy it, one would assume if they had the disc in their hand then they already owned it.


Curiosity got the better of me so I looked up the address on the disc and it appears to be here, where the letter ‘A’ is, in the middle of …well, nowhere.



Specifically, this shed.



Heres the second track from it.

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Tides In Motion – Optimum Recordings

Tides In Motion – Optimum Recordings

Something a little different from the usual material posted on this site, but definitely one of my main musical interests!

Tides In Motion was an 11 track compilation released toward the end of 1999. It came out on Optimum Recordings which was owned by

Dj Echoic who had been a major player on the Perth jungle and drum and bass scene since its early days, as well as holding it down on RTRFM for years.

It features some of the main DJ’s from that time period who were producing, including Diamond D, Echoic, B Jam, Jase From Outta Space, Sardi (Replicant) etc.

Musically its very much in the vein with 98/99 dark dnb. I don’t remember hearing anyone play these tunes out personally but I was often hepped up on goofballs during this period. Actually I do recall JFOS doing a live set at the Bridge Thearte (for EMAS!) around 1999 which was much in the vein of his track on this compliation.

I guess in the ‘pre cdj’ era it was quite hard to get stuff cut to acetate if you lived in Western Australia.

Anyway here it is, enjoy.


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Breakfast Beats Your Bongo – 1994

I am pretty happy to have come across a physical copy of this disc after a trip to the hellhole that is Mandurah Cash Converters earlier this year.

This is another CD compiled on Idaho Records by Bob Gordon from XPress and it is the follow up to the 1993 compilation ‘Bedtime Beats You Brainless‘.

Featuring 14 tracks from a fairly varied cross section of the Perth live scene in 1994 it includes acts such as Verona, Lamia, Bucket, Header, Circus Murders amongst others.

A great little compilation and well worth the download. Grab it here.

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mach pelican

Stolen straight from their wiki.

Mach Pelican were a punk rock band formed in Perth, Australia in 1996. In 1998, they relocated to Melbourne, Australia. They announced their farewell tour in July 2007, and played their final show in Tokyo, Japan on 17 September 2007.

The band was formed by three Japanese students who were studying English in Perth in 1996. After touring extensively, Mach Pelican moved to Melbourne in 1998. (Did they???)

In eleven years, Mach Pelican played 800 shows.

The band’s split in 2007 was a result of personal differences and immigration problems.

On 17 May 2009 they re-formed for a one-off performance at the Tote Hotel as a support for The Gimmes.

On 10 April 2011 the band reformed and played at a benefit concert for victims of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami at the Esplanade Hotel in Saint Kilda.

Here is their 1998 debut EP ‘Blue Sky’.

Here is their 1999 debut, a self titled LP.

Heres their 2002 LP ‘Pulsate to the Back Beat’.

Here is their 2006 LP ‘Radio Action’.

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Punkrock 101

Good times.

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Rabbit Records

The lovable Rabbit Records has recently thrust itself into the digital age thanks to the help of Bandcamp which allows artists and labels to sell their wares directly to the world.

You can pay as little or as much as you like for the releases which is a great idea. Don’t be cheap. Rabbit needs a new pair of shoes.

Grab the music here.

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Begerk + Rage

Stolen from Dr Al’s Begerk Recordings facebook page, and well worth the repost.

Way too many hours spent watching Rage over the years has given me an unnatural love of filmclips. Yep, luv em. Anyway, I’ve got a playlist on youtube featuring all the clips I could find from past and present Bergerk! clients but if I’ve missed anyone let me know and I’ll add it in.

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The Healers

Thanks to Miles Hitchcock for getting in touch regarding his band ‘The Healers who existed 89-91.

A Perth rock band in the grunge days, popular but short-lived. Released 3 recordings on Survival Records:

Check out some audio and other projects of Miles here.


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Cremator – Fist Of Dredd

Love youtube. So hard.

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This was actually the first post on Perth Music Blog in about 2007. Storytime are a massive reason why I started this site in the first place. I’ve edited this post many times through the years and the most recent edit is below, from June 2016.

THEY’RE BACK!! New music, remasters of their records, new video, gigs in the diary supporting Shihad!

They have remastered versions of their records on their bandcamp HERE.

Their facebook page is HERE.

Welcome back Storytime.


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Andrew Ewing from Thumb was nice enough to send me 3 of their CD’s. Thank you very much Andrew!

‘Combining ‘60’s blues and ‘70’s rock influences with a contemporary grunge immediacy, Thumb’s brooding sound was captured on two highly acclaimed albums. “Nitros City” was their rock beast, while “Strange Kept Plain” saw a move towards a more diverse sound, drawing further back to Beatlesque art-pop and blues-tinged acoustic folk. This more stripped back style revealed what those close to the band had known some time – behind the bombastic delivery, there were seriously good songwriters at work.’



and here is their self titled EP – Thumb.


Check out Andrews solo project here and the band he’s currently playing in The Devil Rides Out



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According to their facebook, Moth were a progressive/punk band active in Perth in the 90’s. They took a 3 week break around 1996 which continues to this day.

Here is their 2 EP’s, ‘Neigh’ and ‘Edicus’.




A big thank you to Michael Lawson for sending these in.



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Domination Theory – Bad Ass Ass Assassins

This is hilarious. You need this.


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Bang! Records

I stumbled across this label recently while looking for some Asteroid B612 stuff and could hardly believe my eyes.

Bang! Records is based in the basque country of Spain. It’s catalogue however couldn’t be further from its location as it seems to release and re-release fairly obscure and often out of print music by Australian artists, with a good helping of W.A bands and artists.

Theres stuff in their catalogue that was never EVER released, even in Australia. They put out an amazing double 12” from Gutterville Splendour Six, a compilation of all of the Proton Energy Pills music (who then went on to become Tumbleweed) which was only ever available on impossible to find 7″ inch releases, they’ve got a great record by who I assume is the owner of the label doing a couple of tracks with Kent Steedman from the Celibate Rifles and they’ve just put out a unreleased record made 15 years ago by Kim Salmon and Mudhoney. Incredible stuff. I wanted to snap my credit card after finding this site.

For those into Aussie rock vinyl its an absolute gold mine. Check them out HERE.

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Rising from the ashes of mid 90’s ska/punkers ‘Not In Use’ came 2 bands. One was Lowdown, the other was Ballpoint. They existed from 1998 – 2001 and really shook up the Perth scene with how tight and precise they were musically. They dominated the Perth scene and toured Canada while they were together.

The band consisted of Ryan Sloan (Vocals), Cam Edwards (Bass/Vocals), Mike Sanders (Guitar), Ivano Rizacassa (Drums) and Tim Allen (Guitar).

They recorded 3 EP length releases, of which only 1 was officially released, the awesome ‘Magnetik’ from 2000.

Here is their first demo from 1998.

And HERE is the EP ‘Magnetik’.


Some of them then went on to form Last Years Hero.




Heres an interview between Adam Mossman (who we have to thank for the first demo posted here) and Singer Ryan Sloan. November 1999.

This interview was done with Ryan Sloan, vocalist for Perth punk band ballpoint in November 1999.

How did the band come together?
Well the band was indirectly the result of Dion (Boredumb), he knew all the guys personally and when he found out that Tim and I had left NIU, he gave us their numbers and the rest is history.

Tim and yourself came from Not In Use, did the other guys have previous bands?
Yeh we were from NIU and the rest of the fellas had a band called Racer X going.

Your favourite venue?
Favourite Venue, hmmmmm there’s not one particular one, as a whole I’d have to say the Hyde Park, Grosvenor Back room, Globe and anywhere the all ages crew are welcome.

Are you pleased with the way your album has been received?
We couldn’t be happier with the release of “Magnetik”… it’s selling well, plenty of positive response and I think it’s another notch in the belt for Perth Punk as a whole…. All the bands are starting to do some crazy stuff – we’re letting the rest of the nation know we’re here.

Are there going to be any album launches for Magnetik?
Launch wise thinks are lookin’ grim, economically the band is still recovering from recording…. but it’s still on the cards we’ll see how things go.

Biggest achievement for the band?
Biggest achievements so far would have to be the friendship we’ve all built within the band it’s unlike any other, the bigger supports we’ve had, pulling off the EP and writing music that we as individuals enjoy and respect, there is so much more but not enough time to be too thorough.

A lot of people have said ballpoint are hardcore (which i tend to disagree), are there any plans to becoming a heavier/hardcore styled band?
Being labelled as hardcore is one thing that we find strange, we are not hardcore… we dont want to be hardcore, we all love hardcore and we are influenced in certain ways by many hardcore bands but we dont have any plans to be heavier we are all suckers for melody and emotion in music… thats were we are now and thats were we’ll always be heading.

How would you describe ballpoint’s music then?
We describe our music as fast, aggresive, emotional and melodic.

Who comes up with the lyrics and music or is it a team effort?

I (Ryan) write all the lyrics but thats not to say noone else has a say, we all throw ideas around and I work from that… they are all too busy with their own instruments to be writing lyrics as well.

What is the general message in your lyrics?
Their is no one general message in our lyrics I write about my life experiences, my emotions, our personal politics and beliefs and the flaws within humanity that destroy the framework of our existence.

Plans for the near future?
In the near future – Ballpoint is off to Melbourne and Adelaide early next year, work towards finding a label suitable for the band, keep on writing new songs and stay focused on doing what we do best.

Where do you see the Perth scene at the moment? Where can it be improved?
The Perth scene has it’s up’s and down’s, there’s plenty of good bands playing good music…. there is not always enough crowd though, lack of venues hurts the scene and not enough media to represent what we all do…. Fanzines, Radio…. there is enough here to sustain the scene but thats not enough we need to expand the scene turn it into something that we can all be proud of.

Who are your favourite local/interstate bands?
Favourite local bands – PC THUG, GYROSCOPE, and BOREDUMB are like brothers to us all but we like all the bands each on their own merits.
Interstate – MYC (rip), OIP (rip), 28 Days, Mindsnare, 180 Discord (rip), Bodyjar, Caustic Soda, Oddball (rip), Toe to Toe, Sommerset and more…

What would be your dream band/s to support?
Dream bands to support would have to be…. Adhesive, Pridebowl (reunion tour, hehehe), By a Thread, Choke, Shai Hulud, MYC (same as pridebowl), Boy Sets Fire, Face to Face, Strung Out… and plenty more.

Best Release of 1999?
My favourite release of ’99 is actually from ’98, but I got it in ’99 after almost 7 months of trying… and that is Adhesive – from left to right, one of the greatest albums of all time, from one of the greatest if not the greatest band of all time.

Do ballpoint try to play gigs with bands from other genres?
We dont particularly try to play with other bands but if we are asked to play with bands from other genres then we are more than happy to…. but if we did conciously strive to play with other Genres playing with Hip Hop DJ’s and Hip Hop groups has a distinct feel to it thats an avenue we would gladly travel down e.g Friday 12/11/99 Ballpoint, Epicene, Downsyde and DJ’s at the Hyde Park, for free… plug, plug.

Favourite local gig played?
Fav. local gig played – all the gigs we have done at the Grosvenor back room they have all been great.

Good luck with the Guttermouth support.
Thanks for the questions Adam I enjoyed answering them and it’s good to see people like yourself doing things to promote the scene and the bands within it…..

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