Penelope

Penelope played their first pub gig in December 1996 at the Swanbourne Hotel to a receptive audience. Thinking they had something worth listening to they entered the 1997 Australian National Campus Band Competition and made it to the state final. “That was when we first really started to take things seriously” drummer Tim Beor explained.

Other achievements of note included: the semi-final of the 1998 Next Big Thing, winning the 1999 WAM Song of the Year ‘Love Category’ with “Spanish Fly”, and inclusion in the 1999 Eat More Perth Homegrown Calendar (their song “Betty” can be found on the accompanying CD).

Penelope played with many local favourites such as Beaverloop, Eskimo JoeTurnstyleAdam Said Galore and Red Jezebel and at most of Perth’s original music venues. The band had airplay on RTRFMTriple J, and 100 FM, all before the release of their first EP titled Eleven.

 

Here is the EP ‘Eleven’.

Someone has uploaded some clips of them playing and an interview on the Channel 31 show ‘Music Revolution’ – nice!

 

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Thermos Cardy

Stolen from last.fm :

Thermos Cardy was a band from Perth, Western Australia, which formed in 1995. The band consisted of Karl Smith(vocals, guitar), Harry Kneen (six-string bass) and Adam Johnson (drums). Their music was regularly played on RTR-FM, and they appeared on RTR’s Live at the Cornflakes. Thermos Cardy made the WA final of the National Campus Band Competition in 1995, and in 1996, they released the EP Come To Where The Flavour Is and the album Kimberley Street Retirement Village. They disbanded in 1996, and Karl Smith went on to form Sodastream.

I remember watching this band reherase in a scout hall in Doubleview shortly after I finished high school in 1993. Karl was a year above me in high school. He studied hard and was a nice guy and went to church.

During the peak of Thermos Cardy I was at the Planet for a WAMI show watching hordes of Pavement tshirt clad indie chicks swooning as Karl entered the building, resplendent in jesus sandals and neutral attire. It may have been a light khaki ensemble. Perhaps even cargo shorts. He may have had flowers in his hair.

Coincidentally the Kimberly Street retirement village that their album is named after is where my great grandmother died, aged 99.

Moving right along this is their EP ‘Come To Where The Flavour Is’.

And here is a vinyl rip of their 1996 LP ‘Kimberly Street Retirement Village’.

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Whitechapel

I stole this bio from Rabbit.

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.

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Pop Scenes From Perth

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This is a compilation released on ‘Zip Records’ from the year 2000.

It features tracks from Cartman, Showbag, Team Jedi, Halogen, Autopilot, Ikey Mo, Superscope, The Chevelles, Jack and the Beanstalk, Mink and Spencer Tracy. Some great left coast pop for your ears!

Download it HERE.

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Treadmill Management sampler

This is a very interesting sampler produced by ‘Treadmill’, apparently a management and promo company which started in 1993.

The sampler includes music from Perth bands Flanders, Avid Grey and Bucket and it also features music from the Sydney band ‘Knievel’. There is no date on it but if I had to guess I’d say late 95 or 96.

I think what is most interesting about this sampler is the tracks from Bucket. According to the liner notes it says Bucket signed a 4 album deal with American label

‘Radical Records’ and their debut LP was slated for release in 1998 with 3 of the tracks on that LP featuring on this compilation. Well I’ve got the 2 Bucket EP’s in a post here but as far as I am aware the LP this sampler is talking about never actually ended up being released. As such this means we’ve got 3 unreleased tracks here, great!

HERE it is!

I’ve left the Knievel stuff in there because I really REALLY liked their record ‘We Fear Change’ and the tracks on this sampler are quite hard to find. They’re from their 2nd LP ‘Steep Hill Climb’.

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Love Camp 7

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I’ve been waiting a while to put this one up as I wanted to do it right and cover everything this fantastic band did in their time in the Perth scene.

Love Camp seemed to find their way into the hearts of people within every sub-scene that Perth had. It was not uncommon to see them playing a 10 band punkrock show at the White Sands, and the next night playing the Grovesnor frontroom with Perths indie pop mainstays. They played live prolifically throughout their time in the Perth scene and were hilarious to watch on stage.  Once things ended with Love Camp, members went on to form bands such as Whitechapel and The Order Of The Black Werewolf.

Their old auspunk website still exists by way of a ‘reocities’ mirror, and you can find it here.  They had another website hosted on zoob.net which seems to have been killed in between me finding it and writing this blog entry, typical.

For now I’ve stolen the bio they had up there for your reading pleasure.

Love Camp 7 are a 3 piece Perth band who are a bit of a mixed bag, including funk, metal, pop and punk in their music. They are regular giggers on the Perth scene since their debut in May 97 and have supported such bands as Rancid, No Fun At All, MXPX, Sprung Monkey, Custard, The Porkers, Pollyanna and Frenzal Rhomb. They have also played at Warped 99 (local stage), Yac It Up ’99 plus supported local Perthites Three Orange Whips and Wax Tadpole for their respective cd launches. They shared their own cd launch in Nov 98 (for Oddly Slightway) with buddies Cochineal even though the cd wasn’t ready until two weeks later.

During 99 they have played a huge amount of gigs considering they have been in the studio recording their debut album Clean ‘Em All, an 16 tracker plus also a split 7″ with the Three Orange Whips. Played a heap of local Kiss My Wami gigs at the end of July. Mid year Yianni (from fellow Perth band, Billings Method) filled in for vocalist/guitarist Ant as he was studying and this didn’t harm LC7 one bit.

They supported Bordello for their album launch in early December and played a big festival type thing at City Farm on December 19th. Their long awaited debut will be launched to coincide with Three Orange Whips’ release, with 100 or so albums released early in December before the proper release in early 2000. Ant returned to the band in 2000 and they played at the Seekret Army cassette launch aswell as on the green stage of the Perth Big Day Out. Unfortunately in mid February drummer Chris decided to quit the band as he wanted to start playing the guitar again. In March supported 28 Days at the City Of Stirling Festival. The guys split up in late 2000 when Mike decided to head to Melbourne.

And now for the music in order of release :

November 1997 ‘Chicha’ demo – this isn’t uploaded here.

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December 1998 ‘Oddly Slightway’ ep

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January 2000 ‘Clean ‘Em All’ CD LP. This was called ‘Smell The Glove for a while, later changed to Clean Em All.

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Proposed artwork when it was still known as ‘Smell The Glove’. Can not be unseen!

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Thank you for the music Wafer, Agostini and Ant. You were loved and cherished.

 

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The Next Big Thing – 10 year anniversary dvd.

Thanks to Leo for sending this disc to me!

I was not aware that this organisation was no more and that is a definite shame. The Next Big Thing kicked off in 1996 and was responsible

for the promotion of countless Perth bands through shows, releasing compilation cds and helping artists out  in many ways.

This disc contains a huge amount of music as well as a bunch of interviews with musicians, promoters and journalists from Perth and regional Western Australia.

Heres the music. It’s 489 megs in size and is all of the 130 odd tracks from the annual NBT CD’s 1996-2006. Well worth the download.

And here is the artwork for all of the cd’s. 26 megs.

Heres part 1 of the DVD :

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Channel 31 – Filter

A fantatic VHS conversion thanks to Figg featuring a pretty healthy cross section of the Perth scene in the year 2000.

It features interviews and footage of No Wonder, Capital City, The Rats,  Turnstyle, Brett Rowe (that hair!!),  DJ’s

Echoic, BJam, Krank, Dan Stinton and some of Perths record store staff at the time.

 

 

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Freuds Pillow – Pleasure Puppy

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I’ve been looking for this FOREVER. Thanks to Senton again for this submission.

From last.fm :

Before Eskimo JoeLittle Birdy and One Horse Town, there was the high school band which started it all.
In the beginning: Joel Quartermain, Simon Leach and Stuart Leach were all year 12 students from Hollywood High School, who decided to form their own band and asked friend Kav Temperley to join them. They managed to release only one EP titled Pleasure Puppy in 1997, featuring a collection of songs Kav had written as a teenager. One song on the EP, “Mr Hoek”, was written by Kav’s friend Stuart Macleod. The EP is now extremely rare to find but highly sought after by fans.

The band played to mediocre success, playing in various gigs in Perth but eventually disbanded when Kav decided to form his own band with Joel and Stuart, which would become Eskimo Joe. Simon Leach eventually joined Little Birdy in 2002 and Stuart went on to form One Horse Town.

Click HERE for the download.

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The Next Big Thing Volume 3

Presented by Healthways, Drinksafe and Respect Yourself, this is a compilation from 1998. It features 12 tracks from acts such as John Butler,

Wide Open Spaces (aka Halogen), Idle 55, The Dirty Whitler but to name a few.

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The Mission Blue – Project 1

The Mission Blue was formed out of the ashes of a band called Freuds Pillow, a band consisting of Joel Quatermain,  Kavyen Temperly, and the brothers Stuart and Simon Leach.

The band disbanded in 1997 when Temperley and Quartermain together with MacLeod, won the National Campus Band’s Competition as Eskimo Joe. Stuart and brother Simon went on to form The Mission Blue with Jodie Tesoriero (National Campus Band finalists in 1998), releasing an EP Project One in 2000.

Here it is :

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squadcar 96

They existed from 1995-1998. Each year they changed their name, from Squadcar 95 in 1995 and so on until 1998. They released one 7” split-EP with the band Bright Eyes and an album called Sububstance.

Here it is.

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And it seems Andrew Sousa was also in Lost who I have a record from on the site, here.  He’s also making music in the UK with Jerome Maz, formerly of Yummy Fur. 

 

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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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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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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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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.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL839929928593E539

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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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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.

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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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