Mt. Cleverest’s climb to the top will be documented. Forming in 2016, the band have quickly gained momentum as their robust alt-rock indie-rap sound has spread through the scene like wildfire. The boys from Perth, Australia impressed locally with the debut single “That Girl” and have gone on to garner international praise with recent singles “These Nights” and “Money”. With the release of their 2018 debut EP ‘Money’, Mt. Cleverest aren't showing any signs of slowing down.
Smashing onto the live scene with their liquid DnB sound; the Pimps of Sound have been delivering exciting live shows and building a reputation as one of Perth's best live DnB bands. Consistently blowing away audiences whether it be at a festival, a local event or in a pub or club; the Pimps of Sound know how to throw a fun party on stage... and everyone is invited!!
International party icon and Perth's "King Of the Fringe" Tomás Ford tours Australia, New Zealand and Europe with his collection of thrillingly weird live spectacles and huge comedy DJ party "Crap Music Rave Party". Tomás' shows mix his self-produced electronic pop, unusual video projections, suave-ish cabaret crooning and irrepressible audience-baiting antics. His new album/web series "Chase!" is out 2019, and he launches his new label The Fxxk Yxu at WAMFEST.
Lying somewhere between the realms of doom metal, shoegaze, grunge and stoner rock, Skullcave are rapidly earning recognition as innovators in the Australian metal scene. Skullcave have found themselves sharing the stage with several titans of the modern metal scene. International heavyweights such as High On Fire, Conan, Weedeater, Windhand, Baroness, Cough and Acid King along with locals such as Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, Karnivool, We Lost The Sea and Serious Beak are just a handful of bands who the Perth act have enjoyed performing with.
Like a Pink Floyd epic unfolding in some kind of nightmare dimension, the group takes listeners across the decimated countrysides, through the villages thinned through famine, through the cities choking with fear, and finally deep into the gulags where millions died of starvation, disease, overwork, torture and execution. It is a vision of almost transcendent horror. To their credit, Bolt Gun walk this territory with considerable subtlety - their work is not an explosion of aural violence, but rather a meditative, multi-faceted, and slowly underfolding cinematic journey, which utilises elements of 1970s progressive and psychedelic music, fused with aspects of black metal, post-rock, ambience and drone. Drifting through the wreckage of shattered bone and screaming psyches, we can hear influence from groups like Swans, Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore, Einstuerzende Neubauten, The Necks, Kharnate and Corrupted.
Sometime assassins, sometime saints, Lincoln MacKinnon & The Wrecking Train combine uplifting choruses, heart- break harmonies and a barely contained menace to produce music that is as powerful as it is memorable. With tales of love, loss and chaos, Lincoln’s celebrated blend of rock and alt-country will have you shaking along to his wild and unruly swagger.
Originally from Melbourne, where Lincoln fronted renowned rock bands The Legs and Dead River Deeps, Lincoln has now embraced the port town of Fremantle as his new home, and formed his ultimate rock band, The Wrecking Train. Before moving to Fremantle, Lincoln spent three years in the remote central Australian town of Tennant Creek (NT). Rich in stories of love, survival, friendship and loss, this red-desert town inspired a spree of songwriting and formed the inspiration for Lincoln’s second studio album, ‘Sparks Will Fly’.
Lincoln’s live performances have been generating high levels of enthusiasm amongst his expanding and devoted fan base. On stage, he skips between the shadows and the light, alternately invoking the angels of mercy and of judgment to mesmerise and enthral.
So kiss your lonely days goodbye, it’s time to knock over some beer glasses as Lincoln MacKinnon and The Wrecking Train bring their savage glee to the stage, to the world.
Helen has released 3 EP's: Girl In Love (2009), Driftwood (2012) and Finding Gold (2015). Helen has provided strong support to Passenger, Matt Corby, The Paper Kites, Ian Moss and Lewis Watson. In 2014 she joined Clare Bowditch on stage for a duet as part of her ‘Winter Secrets’ Tour, and in the same year was nominated for ‘Best Folk Act’ in the West Australian Music Industry Awards. In 2018 she won the folk category for the WAM ‘Song of The Year’ Competition for her song ‘I Only Hide’. She won the songwriting award in the national competition ‘Telstra Road to Discovery’ in the 2013, and has since been signed to Mushroom Music Publishing. In 2017 Helen released her debut album ‘Every Little Sting’ produced in Nashville by Brad Jones (Missy Higgins, Bob Evans), which is available through MGM and iTunes.
ZE REBELLE is an electropop artist from a planet called Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ze has toured Europe, USA, Australia and Brasil performing in clubs and festivals like Tomorrowland, SXSW, MIDEM, ADE, Beatpatrol, DanceValley, Amsterdam GayPride and Winter Sound System. She's collaborated with a wide range of dance artists including Joachim Garraud and Bombs Away. She is in Western Australia to tour with Perth-based artist Tomás Ford to promote her new LP Univerze and to help launch his new label The Fxxk Yxu.
West Australian duo CRUEL NOON were drawn together following a growing interest in sonic experimentation and a long-time appreciation for electronic music. CRUEL NOON occupies a distinctive niche in contemporary electronic music, blending elements of rapacious Drum ‘n’ Bass & Techno with splintering Trip-Hop soundscapes a appraisal of old school conventions through a stylistic modern perspective. Captivating a growing audience with their immersive production, CRUEL NOON’s live performances have seen the duo support established acts such as Ivy Lab, My Nu Leng, and Machinedrum. With their debut EP titled ‘Midnight Red’ receiving support from Mistajam and DJ Barely Legal on BBC Radio 1Xtra, and a slew of bootlegs from a diverse array of artists such as Breach, Jonwayne, and Wiley, CRUEL NOON continues reinvigorate their sound with every new release in a rise that is set to continue through 2018 and beyond.
Mark Turner captivates audiences with his unique blend of blues, folk, soul and groove. He is a multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter with an irresistible warmth and passion for music. His energy onstage carries the audience through his romantic ballads to his gritty high energy blues; a performer who defies definition.
Perth based soul/electro pop musician, Elwyn, knew from a very young age that music was going to define her emotionally and spiritually.
After releasing her debut EP ‘Higher Ground’ to a near-sold out show at Mojo’s Bar, Elwyn continues to go from strength to strength playing around Perth with notable artists and recording her follow-up single ‘Howlin’’.
With stylistic influences from Florence + the Machine, Amy Winehouse and Lana Del Rey Elwyn’s high energy live show is one not to be missed.
Born in the blistering heat and surf of Western Australia, Ratking are emerging as one of the most exciting hardcore bands of the decade. In just a handful of years, the five-piece have released an impressive discography and become one of their country's most outstanding live acts. While hardcore is undoubtedly a universal language, Ratking's dialect is distinctly Australian. Amidst the relentlessness of their music is a laid-back charm that comes from a life lived by the beach. Unbeknownst to the world, Ratking have been readying themselves to tour every corner of the planet, and SERF is the harrowing siren that heralds impending invasion.
Sly Withers have Google Maps on their phone, petrol in their car and they’ve been blazing their way around Australia with a long list of sell-out shows this year. Chalking up another win thanks to triple j Unearthed’s NIDA competition, the lads from Perth’s northern suburbs have just dropped a huge new video for their new single, ‘Pleb’. With festival appearances on WA’s Hyper and NSW’s King Street Crawl already this year, the band are just getting started on what’s going to be a huge 12 months of shows, releases and great vibes.
“Sly Withers’ ‘Pleb’ is rousing punk meets heart-on-your-sleeve The Smith Street Band vibes.” - triple j Unearthed
Sly Withers is a band you need to see to truly appreciate. Dual frontmen Sam and Jono weave heartfelt, everyday lyrics over big riffs and a masterful rhythm section, as their clever words find resonance in the lives of every Australian. Get around this band and make your own mind up, because, as Sam puts so eloquently - “but hey, just a pleb from the northern suburbs.”
“...top notch emotive punk.” - TheMusic.com.au
“...a heartfelt punk outfit who will draw you in from the beginning. Dripping with honest lyrics and ferocious guitar, I can assure you that I swiftly downloaded every single damn song I could get my hands on. Fans of The Smith Street Band and Luca Brasi will be quick to fall in love with this fresh act whose live presence is beyond phenomenal.” - the au review
Inspired by the likes of Crowded House, The Tallest Man On Earth, Chris Isaak, and Jeff Buckley, Duncan Saige glows with infectious melodies and captures raw vocals enveloped in acoustic guitar layers. His tracks have been aired on Triple J, Triple J Unearthed and other key national community radio stations and he has also completed multiple WA Tours and joined festival line-ups like Falls Festival and Fremantle Folk Festival.
Born and raised in the hills of Perth, Western Australia; Alex Elbery's relationship with music began at age 5 when he first picked up the fiddle. A short time after he found his true element in performance when, at a recital, a music tutor mistakenly sent him on stage to perform a piece with far more advanced students; a piece he had never heard, let alone played. Rather than derail the flow, Alex took a deep breath and did his best to find a groove and blend in. From that point in, Alex was fearless, raw and wide open when it came to being on stage. At 11 he formed his first rock band, having put down the fiddle in place of an electric guitar, a red bandanna and black nail polish. For the next few years he cut his baby teeth playing high school lunchtimes, community fares and battle of the bands. At 15, Alex began performing his own songs in bars and at open mic nights under the moniker Stereoflower. It didn't take long before he'd found himself a band and was being booked to support some of the finest acts in town including Abbe May, Timothy Nelson, Tame Impala (or the Dee DeeDums as they were then known), Kim Salmon (The Scientists) and The Middle East. In 2010 Stereoflower's debut album It's Alright, Itǯs Ok, Satellite Commander garnered shining reviews, and radio play on community stations around Aus and US. In 2011, they played the Big Day Out festival. Alex went on to form Mulder, with childhood friend Owen Rabbit. The two honed their theatrical stage show and unique brand of weirdo electro pop, while garnering positive reviews and some impressive supports including Nai Palm (Hiatus Kayote), Flume and Six60. They toured extensively around Australia and overseas before relocating from Perth to Melbourne to pursue their respective solo careers. Lately, Alex has been honing his craft, releasing an EP (accompanied by limited edition comic book) and playing extensively around Melbourne and interstate with his live loop-based and band-backed shows. He is currently working on his debut album. At this years' WAM Awards, he will be launching a new EP titled WAKE IN FRIGHT, a collaboration produced by Tomás Ford of radical re-imaginings of his work-in-progress album. It is the first release on new label THE FxxK YxU.
Ryan Beno are an instrumental quartet from Perth, Western Australia that draw influences from the subdued intimacy of Jazz akin to Keith Jarrett and Charles Mingus, to the space and minimalism of Ambient Electronic music much like Oneohtrix Point Never or William Basinski and the dynamically adventurous experimentation of early Post Rock from bands such as Talk Talk or Tortoise.
Great Gable (Alex Whiteman, Matt Preen, Callum Guy & Chris Bye) are a Perth based band originally from the South-West of Western Australia, combining a wide range of influences to bring a subtle twist on the alternative-indie sound.
After a massive start to 2018 which saw them play a string of sold out shows in their hometown of Perth and support renowned band Ocean Alley at Metro Freo, the band have just released their new single 'Pillars' and will be touring nationally this August & September in support of the new single.
'Pillars' is their first release since September 2017. It was recorded at RADA Studios in Perth with producer Matt Gio, who also worked on their EP ‘Modern Interactions’. 'Pillars' sees the band take a slightly new direction musically, while still keeping true to their distinctive style and sound which has seen them rack up over 1.4 million streams on their song 'Drift' (2016) on Spotify.
Mixing a potent cocktail of earthy rock’n’roll with a tenderness bittersweet, this rag- tag band of brothers are the sound of all our yesterday’s collapsing into now: honest but not earnest, reflective but not indulgent, distinguished but primal as all hell. An imposing live act, they’re coming to burn down your barns and tear up your halls – all while charming the pants of every bartender, street vendor, and sweet little heartbreaker in town.
Grace Sanders is a 21 year old upcoming jazz/soul singer from Western Australia. Influenced by the likes of Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill, Mamas and the Papas, Donny Hathaway and many more, her unique sound and songwriting abilities combine classic soul and jazz elements with honest lyricism, grabbing melodies and an original twist that have begun to gain traction on the Australian music scene.