Ikey Mo

Bio stolen. What a great band. Released one EP that I have here, but I’m not sure what else they put out.

 

IKEY MO (pronounced: eye key mo)
: cockney slang for dodgy or mischievous behavior, receiver of stolen goods and excessive gamblers.

Heres how it goes. Ikey Mo started life in June 2000, one stormy night, high above the sleeping city of Perth when a crazed nuclear physicist and his trust assistant Igor channeled the energy of lightening down to their hillside laboratory to create new life. Vocalist / Guitarist / Songwriter Chris Fuller was joined with Glen Young (Guitar/ Vocals) , David Manley (Bass guitar) and Gary Kump (Drums) in what was to become a Frankenstienesque amalgam of members of notable acts Anodyne 500, Burnside, Collide and Vinyl.

Mr Manleys shoes have since been filled by the enigma (and certified monster of rock) known as Adam Safe (ex. Wookstar). Anyone familiar with the Perth music scene over the last few years would know that this was going to be a formidable combination.

The bands debut EP Beginners Guide To Self Defence, recorded at Studio Couch by Sean O Callaghan (Halogen, Eskimo Joe, John Butler Trio) was released in October 2002 and from the early reports the public at large are going to need to defend themselves against its mind-melding charms. From the infuriatingly catchy opener Evil Knievel, to the sonic explosion that is Chemical Girl, through to the moody atmospherics of Know Who You Are, an amazing amount of musical ground is being covered over the five tracks on offer.

A short time after its release Beginners Guide.. had received rave reviews throughout Australia and Evil Knievel found its way to Triple Js hit list. If that were not enough Ikey Mo also in this time took out a swag of awards at the Music Oz Awards in Sydney including the Artists of the Year Award, Festival Publishing Award, APRA Songwriters Award and the overall New Alternative Pop/ Rock category.

2003 ? you ask Ikey Mo plan to deliver what the good rockin doctor orders a tour of the east coast of Australia in April/ May, releasing a new recording and plenty more smoldering live performances.

So there you have it. The Mo have landed. Lock up your daughters, brothers, mothers and any spare cash because no one is safe (except Adam of course), now they are amongst us! The force is strong with these ones Obi wan.

Click the cover below to download the EP.

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T Cells

“The exciting live band to come out of Perth have been described as U2 meets Fear Factory. It’s a heavy rock rhythms collision with pop vocal sensibilities.”

Saw these guys a few times at The Lookout on lineups with bands like Mutt, Caddis, Greenroom, FSD etc.

I don’t know a lot about them so here’s the music. This is their full length called ‘Impact’.

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And here is a 7 tracker called Cycotoxic.

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The Western Front compilation

This is a early 90’s compilation put out by Western Front, WAMIA and supported  by the Department For The Arts.

According to a short description I found,

  • This compilation CD is an initiative of W.A.M. – the Western Australian Music Industry Association. The name “Western Front” was quite purposely chosen, with all the war-like images it evokes, to signify the struggle that artists from this side of Australia often face in marketing and distributing their product and furthering their careers.

Artists featured are Allegiance, Storytime, The Mars Bastards, Vivid, Pink Fluffy Bunnies, Hogfodder and Favourite Game. This is the first time some of these bands have featured on the site which is awesome! Thanks to Charley for submitting this CD. I believe there may have been a few of these released over the years?

Click the cover to download it.

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Black Alice

This found its way to my inbox a while ago. I’ve pasted the entire bio as this is a little before my time though. Pretty awesome stuff if like early 80’s rockkkkk!

Black Alice was a Perth heavy metal band from the early 1980s that sounded like Judas Priest.

The album was financed by West Coast Records, Perth, of which was managed by Gary Keady who at the time had an output deal with Powderworks Records in Sydney and Powderworks were an independent distributed by RCA. RCA sponsored their recording session in Singapore and released the album internationally before it was made available in Australia.

Powderworks never released the album, only the single ‘In the Hall of the Ancient Kings’. The album was only ever released in Europe with a deal done by Gary Keady with John Glover of ‘Street Tunes’, who owned the library of Paul Kossoff.

Black Alice were badly done by. The album Endangered Species was excellent and totally original, a little ahead of it’s time for Australia. Even Kerrang voted it in 1984 as one of most original albums to come out of Australia. Like a lot of Australian albums at the time ‘Endangered Species’ got caught up in the independent ‘hassle’. Because the album was made without major record company support and because the band was from Perth, there was little chance of getting a deal direct with a major and thus no hope of gaining promotion to promote the album and the band. It was not a particular success and Black Alice effectively ceased to be shortly afterward.
In 1988 Page and Hartley revived the band with help from Cichon and Johnston from Rose Tattoo to provide the soundtrack for the film Sons of Steel in which Hartley starred.

Page formed Trilogy in 1984 with two former members of Saracen and later did extensive session work including two Angus McDeth albums and in the mid-90s formed a cover band called Black and Blue that evolved into Black Steel.
01. Wings Of Leather, Wings Of Steel
02. Psycho
03. Hell Has No Fury Like Rock ‘N’ Roll
04. Place Of Slaughter
05. In The Hall Of The Ancient Kings
06. Roll The Dice
07. Running Hot, Running Wild
08. Rat Catchers Eyes
09. Power Crazy
10. No Warning

Rob Hartley (vocals)
Jamie Page (guitar)
Vince Linardi (bass)
Joe Demasi (drums)

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Bordello

A request for some Bordello came in via our Facebook page earlier this week. I had a look in my collection and found a couple of records.

From the Waterfront Records site : “Bordello formed in W.A. and after achieving everything possible on the local scene, they gravitated to the thriving diversity of Melbourne. Brothers Ben (vocals/ samples) and Josh Johnstone (guitar/ vocals) are the core members of Bordello. Their live performance is energetic to the point of being manic. They write the songs, produce the unique sounds and samples are the creative force behind Bordello.”

This first one appears to be a prize awarded to the band for winning the Soundworks band competition. I vaguely remember this. A recording and CD release, awarded to the winner. The result is a 5 track self titled EP.

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The other record I have is a full length LP from 2002 called ’21st Century Funk’.

 

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I’ve packaged them together, so click either cover to download them both.

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The Butterfly CD

This is a live compilation record in December 1994. Recorded on the roof of the fabulous Grovesnor Hotel over a 12 hour period it features some of the greats from that period such as Effigy, Yummy Fur, Lamia, etc.

I had not seen this until now so many thanks to Dave Fallon for sending this in. Click the cover to download.

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Proton

Here is a couple of releases from the talented funk band Proton. I assume they are no longer playing, their domain has lapsed and honestly, try googling ‘proton’ and finding anything but horrible little cars for sale!

This is their 1999 LP ‘Here Beneath The Big Top’.

The lineup for this record was :

Pete ‘Buzzy’ Miller – Bass/Vocals

Jason McGann – Drums
Paul Malone – Turntables
Tom Shore – Guitars/Vocals
Joe Schultz – Keyboards
Ozzy Rae – Vocals

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And here is a cd single of ‘The Wrong Beat’, self released on their own label in 2001.

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The lineup for this single was :

Lineup is :

Pete ‘Buzzy’ Miller – Bass/Vocals

Chris Horan – Drums

Toby Gosfield – Keys

Jo 19 – Percussion

Duane Davidson – Sax

Dj KL – Turntables

Tom Shore – Guitars/Vocals

 

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Thrombus

Totally amazing thrash band from the late 80s and early 90’s.

The band consisted of Tom Scutt (vocals), Lachlan Gurr (guitar & vocals), Paul Sloan (drums, vocals), Anthony Isaacs (bass).

Almost before my time to be honest. I do remember seeing a hilarious Xmas gig poster titled ‘Turd In My Stocking’ while being dragged to a restaurant in Northbridge by my parents around 1991.

I am aware of 3 recordings. 2 tapes entitled ‘Shopping with Mum’ and another called ‘Blind Spasm’ and a CD EP called ‘Snort’ which was released by Dada Records.

If you go down to Dadas you may find that incredibly they have some of the Snort CD’s left in the basement. The tapes however, I have not been able to find but thanks to a contributor we have digital copies of them.

 

Here is the ‘Shopping With Mum’ tape from 1989. Click the cover to download.

 

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And here is the ‘Blind Spasm’ tape from 1990. Click the cover to download.

 

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Here we have the Snort EP from 1993. Click the cover to download.

 

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Crawlspace

Their wikipedia entry is here.

Current members:

  • Matt Franklin — drums (2000 to )
  • Travis Franklin — bass (2000 to )
  • Joe Sivak — guitar (2002 to )
  • Russell Smith — guitars, vocals (1997 to )

Former members:

  • Chris Webber — drums (1997 to 2000)
  • Daniel Bowles — bass, keys, guitar, vocals (1997 to 2000)

This is their 1999 LP ‘Motion’. Click the cover to get it.

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The Hedonists

Thanks to Falcon Randwick we have a LP from the Hedonists to share.

A truly great, though criminally overlooked, band from Perth, Western Australia. The tracks here are from their album “40 Erotic Watercolors” which was released in 1998. the band also released an EP called “Gyroscopic”.

The band featured Steve Collett on guitar and vocals, Linden Sentance on drums, and Ben, who played bass on the album but was replaced by Janine Wells before the album was released.

Click HERE to get it.

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Eat More Perth Homegrown

Was given this by the mighty Righteous at Dadas Records a while ago. It’s a compilation put out in 1999 by Gavin Tempany, sound engineer extraordinare!

Featuring tracks from some of the best bands on the Perth circuit in ’99, this is a pretty nice collection of music containing numbers from Eskimo Joe, Anodyne 500, Team Jedi, Penelope, Turnstyle, Beaverloop, Adam Said Galore, Red Jezebel, Jebediah, Avid Grey, Flanders and The Tigers. Click the cover to get down’.

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Header

Header formed out of the remnants of The Rainyard and The Mars Bastards
in November ’93 and signed a recording contract with a Mushroom Records
label, Bark, in November ’94, on the strength of their self-titled debut
ep.  The band moved to Melbourne in early 1995 and over the following 18
months recorded an album (On High Street), three singles and two eps, and
did five Australian tours.  At the conclusion of the original contract in
July ’97, the band’s management made the decision to call Mushroom’s bluff
over what it considered to be a less-than-generous three album contract,
and asked for more money. Mushroom responded by giving the contract to
someone else.
Personnel: Brad Bolton – guitars; Dave Chadwick – guitars; Liam Coffey –
bass, vocals; Ian Freeman – vocals; Dean Willoughby – drums.

Here is their 1996 EP ‘Sugafix‘.

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This is their 1996 single ‘Restoration‘.

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Here is their 1996 LP ‘On High St’.

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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

Click the cover to get downloadin’.

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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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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.

Grab it here.

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

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Anodyne 500

Stole this from last.fm :

Anodyne 500 were a guitar rock pop band that sounded a little like The Posies and The Pixies. Formed in Perth in the mid-’90s by former Rosemary Beads singer/songwriter/guitarist Chris Fuller, the lineup included Gary Matthews (Drums), Darren Maloney (Bass) and (much later) ex-Wooden Fische guitarist Chris Hann.

Releasing two EPs, “Treasureway” and “Built for Speed, Not Comfort”, Anodyne gigged regularly for about five years from 1995 to 2000, touring Australia once in 1999.

This band was great! ‘TourDe Couch’ is one of my favourite songs of all time. Try finding anything about them online, its as if it never happened. The Perth Syndrome as I call it. Chris Fuller went on to form Ikey Mo who are/were equally as awesome. This was recorded at Jewel Studio by Tim Jewel who was in my year at school. Can anyone remember the name of the band he was in because I have been trying to for ages and can’t.

Anyway..

Anodyne 500 – Treasureway (1998)

And here is their 1999 EP ‘Built For Speed, Not Comfort’. Thanks to Dave Fallon and Mark Stewart for this.

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Anodyne 500 – Built For Speed, Not Comfort.

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Intricut – Not Over On Amber

I picked this up at Dadas earlier this year. Price sticker says November 2005.

Not much info to be found online at all. It’s a fairly decent EP best described as rock/metal/funk fusion. I quite like it! I know nothing about the band themselves. Perhaps someone can shed some light.

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