Dan from FFC has been in touch to let us know he’s uploaded a slew of the bands back catalogue to youtube for your listening pleasure.
Some bio details straight from him :
By way of a bio, we won the Next Big Thing in 1999, one year after John Butler, and then 10 WAMIs. We worked Perth pretty hard and were building up over east through lots of touring. Got plenty of singles on Triple J rotation (Sun, Drink Till You Drown, Made Believe etc)
We moved to Melbourne in 2005 before the third album came out and the financial crisis crippled our label in late 2008 just as the fourth album came out, we did a national tour but the album didn’t get label support.
We added a track ‘Worn Out’ to the Gotye remix album Mixed Blood, taking a 30 second song and writing the rest of the song around it. This ‘new material’ was the only reason Wally was eligible to win an ARIA in 2007.
As for the end/are we still operational? The label situation hurt us badly on the fourth album. In 2009, Rhys Kealley left the band to go overseas and it was really time for us to take a break. Michael Miller did an EP as Microsleep and has done an album with The Monkey Bars. Me and Michael are still working on songs but we’re not quite sure what form any new band will take but it’s now doubtful we’ll call it FFC, so I guess the last tour was the last tour.
Long time bass player Scott O’Donoghue went on to play with Little Birdy, but other bass players in the band have been Nathan Gaunt, Sean Pollard of Split Seconds and Leigh Miller of Sleeping Giant among many others he’s played for.
This great compilation is from about 2001 and features Boredumb / Billings Method / Caddis / Downsyde / Jed Whitey / Negative Reply / CPS / Dropsick Injektors / The Dirty Whittler / Ballpoint / No Wonder / Matty B / PC Thug and Fourstroke.
This is a great 2003 compilation by PCW Records featuring some of the best hardcore/punk/pop punk bands the city had to offer at that time.
The label was also responsible for another compilation ‘Perthquake‘.
This one has tracks from : 3 Days Later / AIDS / Alleged / Capital City / Change of Face / Eleventh He Reaches London / Fool The World / From The Ruins / Homicides / Jed Whitey / Kerb / Killed In Action / Last Years Hero / Local Pricks / Miles Away / Nailed Down / Negative Reply / PC Thug / The Coffins / The Critics / The Dead Ends / Times Up / Waste Of Space / Whitechapel ..
I saw these guys once at Yac It Up in Melville, I think anyway. I was really into ska and had no idea they existed before that fateful day around 1999. I was kinda bummed too, like I’d missed out on a local band with a horn section who could actually play. I never saw them again after that day either, go figure. They were a ‘wacky’ party band of sorts. That time I saw them was the first time I saw anyone ever use a real theremin on stage, it ruled.
Annyway it seems they toured outside of Australia quite alot, no mean feat for a pre-internet band from Perth. I’ll let their website do the rest of the horn blowing for them.
Finally I have the Downer tape ‘Swell’ to add to the site. I’ve had their album ‘Greater Scrape’ since it came out but never had the tape. Thanks to Senton from Perthbands.com forums for the tape, he said he was given a cd copy from Joey K (The Devil Rides Out, iNFeCTeD). Great effort.
Stolen from Perth Metal : Once upon a time in Perth lived a band called Dumptruck. In this time Death Metal was gaining some serious momentum in Perth, Nebula, Grimoire, Suffrence and FOD were just a few of the bands of this genre in 94, but Downer would have been the biggest. After some years of local attention they became noticed by a US band of the same name and after threats of litigation were pretty much forced to change their name. Thus Downer was born.
This post is courtesy of Bendog over at Westska the best place for all your Perth ska needs, but he seems to update the facebook more frequently.
Behind The 8 Ball were a pretty decent ska/punk band, the main difference between them and other bands playing that style of music was they actually had a horn section. I played with them a couple of times an really enjoyed their stuff.
Their bio here is quite in depth. They recorded an album called ‘A New Love For Summer’.
Behind the 8 Ball rocked socks and inspired insubordination about Perth for 5 years. Formed during school days at Como High, the band went on to play a heap of shows and sell more than a few copies of their cd ‘A new love for summer’. Some of the highlights included drunken parties and school balls, cd launches and countless gigs at liscensed venues while underage. They don’t play any more, which sucks, but a few of the members have new ventures. Leonard MC’s and produces for his hip-hop outfit ‘The Anonymous’. Josh, Pete and Josh play for ‘Shotgun Wedding’ and have formed a new band, ‘Burning Fiction’. Thanks to everyone who helped with the good times, we hope you enjoy the leftovers!
For those into the Asian Man records kinda sound you will dig this.
I hated this band. HATED. I hated people who liked them. Especially those two rather large girls who did the side to side swivel dance to them and Team Jedi.
Now I’m 35 and wear the occasional cardigan on a chilly night I quite enjoy them. The fact it took me 15 years longer to enjoy argyle knitwear than these guys may mean I’ve aged well…..more appropriately perhaps. Whatever. They have a nice amount of videos on their youtube. And a helpful wiki entry. And a myspace and a facebook and a website than links them all together.
Here is the ‘Itcheekneesonchee’ EP from 1997. I need the other stuff too if anyone has it.
Their debut EP was I’ll Tell You When I See You in 1996, followed by their debut album Fingerpistol and My Way EP (both in 1998) and Paying Off My Radials album in 2001, which features a cover of The Triffids‘ “Wide Open Road“.
Matt Kealley now plays in acoustic folk rock band, Jigger, Matt Galligan is a professional photographer, Todd Lynch and Mike Lane went on to form King Brown and Shanks Pony, a group Lynch is still actively involved in. Mike now spends most of his time involved in cricket coaching and administration, playing live infrequently, as a guest player for local original artists.