Glimmer – Save It Til Starlight

Thanks to ‘d’ for the comment on this post. I’ve stolen it and now we have a write up about Glimmer.

 

Glimmer were quite important to the late 90′s scene in that the band had Kirsty and Rob who ran Halflight Records. The band always got a high number of other bands members rock up to watch them.
Halflight released Plutonic Girl’s ‘X ray Vision’, a couple of Red Jezebel EPs, Anodyne 500s ‘Treasureway’ and also the first record by Deloris (melbourne).
They also ran a recording studio that im sure many other bands rehearsed or recorded at. (i know Jebs rehearsed some of Someday Shambles there).
They got a bit of JJJ airplay with one song off this album and when JJJ decided to eventually do a live broadcast from WA i think it was all halflight bands that played live.
After changing drummers they changed there name to Braving the Seabed.

So yeah thats something about this band!

Glimmer – Save It Til Starlight

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Sodastream

I love it when a band has a wikipedia entry I can steal from!

Sodastream were an Australian duo consisting of Karl Smith (vocals, guitar) and Pete Cohen (double bass, backing vocals).They have toured widely in Australia, US, Europe and Japanand have had national rotation on Triple J.

The band began in Perth in 1997,recording and releasing their debut EP Enjoy. In 1998 the band relocated to Melbournewhere they recorded and released their second EP Practical Footwear.

In 1999 Sodastream undertook their first tour of Europe including shows in Holland and England. The band then signed with UK label Tugboat Records. Later that year they returned to Europe to play the Crossing Border Festival.

The following year they recorded and released their first album, Looks Like a Russian, toured Europe again and had their first shows in Australia outside Perth and Melbourne.

In 2001 Sodastream recorded and released their follow-up album, The Hill For Company, undertook two national Australian tours and another tour of Europe.

This was then followed by another two tours of Europe in 2002 and 2003 including a live performance on Italian MTV, two national tours of Australia and the band’s first tour of Japan. 2003 also saw the recording and release of the band’s third album A Minor Revival.

In 2004 Sodastream undertook their first tour of the United States,with further tours of Europe and Australia. The following year saw the recording and the release of the EP Take Me With You When You Go and in 2006 the release of the album Reservations. This was followed by an extensive European tour.

The band announced their break-up on 18 February 2007. Their final show was at Melbourne’s East Brunswick Club on 2 March 2007.

Born from the ashes of  Thermos Cardy came Sodastream. A little too lo-fi and jangly for my own personal tastes at the time they achieved quite a lot

of notoriety outside the bleak confines of the Perth scene and attracted small yet passionate audiences  on their frequent international tours.

You can still buy their music in both cd and mp3 (via iTunes) from their official site here. A very in depth discography of their career exists here.

I’ve decided to put up 2 things from them, their first and their last releases. I guess it shows quite clearly their evolution as a group and Karl Smith even demonstrates

a rare exercise in distortion pedal on their 1997 debut ‘Enjoy’.

 

The EP ‘Practical Footwear’ from 1998 contains some awesome extra content including a video and some photos. These are below.

Sodastream – Neon

Their Youtube channel has some other videos here

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Team Jedi

A mainstay of the Perth indie pop scene through the 90’s and 00’s was Team Jedi.  They released several EP’s and one LP through their 9 year lifespan before calling it quits in 2004,  strangely not long after the release of their debut LP , ‘Good Morning Last Night’.

Whats left of their offical website is here, and a super cute and very 90’s angelfire/geocities fan page is left here.

Here is three of their releases.

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You can hear drummer Kris Dimitrof singing backing vocals on the new Umpire single.  He also fronts the band Russian Winters who have a record due in September 2011.

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no wonder

One of Perths best pop/punk bands. Here is their release ‘Midget Au Go-Go’.

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beaverloop

Incredibly popular Perth band who I don’t need to go on about too much, but they were awesome. Musta seen them 2o times. Considerate recycled cardboard cd packaging. Super quirky funk/punk rock jams. Instantly recognisable and loveable lineup. Yep that was them.

Beaverloop

 

 

Heres their myspace.

Here is a link to 3 albums. Who Cares Wins, Ecopax and Nothing.

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Thanks to Andris here is ‘Pelt’. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They did some amazing video clips through their career too.

This one won the won the 1998 ‘Recovery’ video competition and the 1998 West Australian screen awards for best music video.

 

 

 

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Adam Said Galore

This post is for Adam Said Galores incredible debut EP ‘Domino Comfort’ from 1997.

You can buy the rest of their cds, and you bloody well should.  Click the cover to download.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Said_Galore

http://www.myspace.com/adamsaidgalore

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ig_Ei1D5fE&feature=related

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Valvolux

I probably don’t need to write anything here other than my copy of Supercharger still has the $15.95 sticker on it from Trax. It’s been to at least 15 countries with me and looks like I spilt a cup of sick on it at some point.

Valvolux – Chopper Squad

Valvolux – Supercharger

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Ammonia

I found these in a second hand store in London of all places.

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Ammonia rocked. Definitely one of my favourite bands from W.A.

Heres their wiki entry : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonia_(band)

And their myspace fanpage : http://www.myspace.com/ammoniarox

Click the album art to download.

Edit:

Added Mint 400 finally. Click album cover below to get it.

 

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