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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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)

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 !

Artists

Shane Pooley
Libby Hammer
Michael Perkins
Chris Foster
Troy Roberts

This is their debut recording from 1999.

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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

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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Ratspawn

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.

 

Amazing.

Heres the second track from it.

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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.

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

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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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Storytime

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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Thumb

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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Moth

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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