Rock N Roll at the Basso

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WAM gets to know some of the organisers, promoters and artists behind the Live Friday Showcases as part of #WAMFest presented by Drug Aware, and why their particular showcase might just be the one for you...

ROCK N ROLL AT THE BASSO

Presented by: The Volcanics

 

Who should come to your show and why?
Off the back of recently released new album Oh CrashThe Volcanics return from Europe for Wamfest! To make the night even more special a rare performance from The Kuillotines and Squeeze The Pig will getting the joint cooking from 8pm onwards. Come get down and celebrate Western Australian Music and help the boys get over their jetlag. Rock n roll!!!

 

Who shouldn’t?
KNOBS

 

Aside from your own event, which 3 #WAMFest performers/ #WAMCon speakers / facets are you most looking forward to catching, and WHY?
The Cabelleros, Old Blood, Nerve Quakes.

 

Brief history:
The Volcanics formed in Perth’s back blocks with a purpose of playing stripped down rock ‘n’ roll with no hype attached. Inspired by the great local bands that came before them such as The Victims and The Scientists as well as the classic rock sounds of The Stooges, MC5 & AC/DC, the boys from the band have concocted their own brand of white hot, fuel injected rock n roll. The Volcanics are known for their raw and explosive live performances and are humbled to have played alongside many great national and international acts including Asteroid B612, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Hellacopters, Celibate Rifles, Mudhoney, The Drones, Radio Birdman and You am I. As well as playing on the Big Day Out bill. The last few years saw The Volcanics play numerous sold out shows, including the launch of their second full length album GET A MOVE ON which was toured throughout the east coast and Spain plus support Radio Birdman, The Scientists, The Datsuns, Front End Loader, The Trews, Guitarwolf, The Saints, New York Dolls and play to a sold out RTR FM's 20th anniversary In The Pines festival. 

 

Best/funniest/most outrageous memory from one of your previous shows?
That time Al (drummer) severely sprained his ankle on the first gig of a three week tour. Classic Al.

 

Your dream headliner?
Radio Birdman. We have been lucky enough to have graced the stage with them. Dream come true!!

 

Describe the health of the area/scene/s you specialize in WA, and compared to Oz/world?
The Rock n roll scene ain’t what it used to be. There is some great acts around W.A.  flying the flag though

 

Advice for musicians trying to make it in the local industry, esp in your area of specialty?
Practice is key we reckon

 

Best/funniest/most outrageous memory from a previous WAMFest?
We have none

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Hector Protector "I'm Not Here" single launch

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WAM gets to know some of the organisers, promoters and artists behind the Live Friday Showcases as part of #WAMFest presented by Drug Aware, and why their particular showcase might just be the one for you...

Hector Protector "I'm Not Here" single launch

Presented by: Hector Protector

 

Who should come to your show and why?
Everyone should come to this show. Not only is it the launch of Hector Protector’s single “I’m Not Here” but it also is the launch of the new band (band members from Gypsy Howls). Not ONLY that, it will be the launch of another new Keyboard and drums duo – Kissel and Hutch. If you want to be the first person to witness the new sounds of two new bands (and have a great time listening to Dirty Howler) everyone should definitely come down.

 

Who shouldn’t?
Odd Fellow is an over 18’s venue and unfortunately children are not allowed.  

 

Aside from your own event, which 3 #WAMFest performers/ #WAMCon speakers / facets are you most looking forward to catching, and WHY?
- Dan Howls – not only is he amazing to see live but super keen to check out Perth’s newest live venue the Sewing Room
- Edie Green – because Edie has (in our opinion) the best female vocals on the scene in Perth at the moment.
- Pat Chow – because they freakin ROCK!  

 

Brief history:
Ben and Kirsty have been playing music together for almost 10 years now. Back in 2008 they started the band "The Kirbens" which they eventually changed the name to "The Gypsie Howls". After success at Nannup Festival, Fairbridge Festival, WAMi Festival, a whole bunch of gigs an EP launch and a single launch they called it quits and all moved on. Last year they decided to give it another crack but the music had somewhat changed dramatically. To be continuing as The Gypsie Howls was well... just silly. So with a new drummer and bass player, Ben and Kirsty decided to continue their next music venture as Hector Protector. The two Fremantle locals have kept the music fun and funky but with a more "in your face" feel to it. Definitely a sound you will not stop tapping your feet to.

 

Best/funniest/most outrageous memory from one of your previous shows?
This is our FIRST gig as Hector Protector. Although Ben and Kirsty have been playing in bands together for over 10 years. Most outrageous memory was Fairbridge – we broke the snare, Bass string and 3 guitar strings – it was huge.

 

Your dream headliner?
Oh gosh. This is a realllly hard question. There’s way too many to choose from. If I had to choose one….  The Who.

 

Describe the health of the area/scene/s you specialize in WA, and compared to Oz/world?
I live in Fremantle and it is absolutely thriving. Every night there is always some original live music somewhere. It doesn’t really get much better than that.

 

Advice for musicians trying to make it in the local industry, esp in your area of specialty?
Never, ever skimp on your musical equipment. For years I spent the bare minimum on my music and equipment – it’s really, really important to play instruments you like the sound of.

 

Best/funniest/most outrageous memory from a previous WAMFest?
Have a tequila drinking completion with Jake from the Caballeros. We were shot for shot, neck and neck, even stevens – then I don’t remember what happened after that.

 

ENTRY $10 // EVENT

Last Quokka, Sully, Treehouses and Dear Soldier - WAMFest showcase

WAM gets to know some of the organisers, promoters and artists behind the Live Friday Showcases as part of #WAMFest presented by Drug Aware, and why their particular showcase might just be the one for you...

Last Quokka, Sully, Treehouses and Dear Soldier - WAMFest showcase

Interviewee name: Ethan Reed, Artist/Manager for Treehouses
Presented by: Treehouses

 

Who should come to your show and why?
We’ve curated this lineup to showcase some of the more ‘feels’ focused music in Perth. All the bands on this lineup would probably be okay with the ‘emo’ label – it’s unashamedly emotional music and you shouldn’t be ashamed of wanting to FEEL something when you see a live band. You’ll experience Dear Soldier’s pop-punk tinged anthems, Sully’s pensive 90s Midwest tunes, Last Quokka’s raw energy and Treehouses’ immersive emotional womb.

 

Who shouldn’t?
People who think that guitars aren’t relevant anymore. Or pensioners who “just don’t understand the screaming part”.

 

Aside from your own event, which 3 #WAMFest performers/ #WAMCon speakers / facets are you most looking forward to catching, and WHY?
- J.F.K. who are absolutely killing it in the local scene at the moment.
- Grievous Bodily Calm, they’re one of our favourites without a doubt.
- Demon Days! Haven’t seen them before but heard wonderful things.

 

Brief history:
Starting out as a two-piece poetry performance outfit, Treehouses rose from underground bedroom project to an internationally recognised staple of the emo/spoken word scene. Now with a full-length album, cassette single, collaborative EP and two national tours to their name, Treehouses have realised a full contemporary sound, coming into their own as a truly unique Australian band.

 

Best/funniest/most outrageous memory from one of your previous shows?
We played at an amphitheatre at a park in Canberra once which was cool. Lots of families on a bike ride stopped to catch some tunes.

 

Your dream headliner?
I’m pretty sure all the bands on this lineup would love to play with Cap’n Jazz. Or Jimi Hendrix if you’re offering.

 

Describe the health of the area/scene/s you specialize in WA, and compared to Oz/world?
‘Heavy’ music isn’t very healthy in Perth at the moment, but I think that most bands of the emo genre these days aren’t so focused on the heavy anymore anyway. We’re all openly influenced by other active genres within the local and national scene such as indie/folk, grunge, punk, rock. There’s definitely something for everyone in what we do.

 

Advice for musicians trying to make it in the local industry, esp in your area of specialty?
Creating emotional music is never going to land you an arena tour supporting Justin Timberlake – and that’s fine. In what we do, one person coming up after the show and telling me that they really connected with the music is more valuable than 100 emotionally absent punters.

 

Best/funniest/most outrageous memory from a previous WAMFest?
It’s our first time! Let the most outrageous memories commence.

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Pinky Swear + Friends Showcase

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WAM gets to know some of the organisers, promoters and artists behind the Live Friday Showcases as part of #WAMFest presented by Drug Aware, and why their particular showcase might just be the one for you...

Pinky Swear + Friends Showcase

Interviewee name: Sarah Treloar, Band Manager at Pinky Swear
Presented by: Pinky Swear

 

Who should come to your show and why?
A highlight would be Girl York returning to the stage after being on a break and changing members - they are releasing their new single ‘Heroine’ and their new music is so great - check them out if you love Silversun Pickups.  J.F.K will be closing out the night which is always a good time - they are all so animated on stage and you’ll get to hear their new song ‘A Boy And A Boy’ which recently got played on Triple J - It’s also written about gay rights so it’s a good song to get behind. People should also come down and check out RAKSHA and Hibiscus in between - They are managed by two of my good friends and are really fantastic bands to see live and have been doing really well in the local scene… Almost forgot to mention Feral have been really awesome and sponsored the event so there will be some free Perth locals for people to enjoy.

 

Who shouldn’t?
People that don’t like to dance - but non dancers still welcome. 

 

Aside from your own event, which 3 #WAMFest performers/ #WAMCon speakers / facets are you most looking forward to catching, and WHY?
- Nerve Quakes
- All the bands playing at Badlands and The Hen House Live on Saturday - so many good acts!
- Nerding out at the WAMCon panels

 

Brief history:
Pinky Swear is a management agency i started when i was studying Music Business at TAFE last year, I moved from down south to Perth a couple years ago wanting to work in the industry and always had the goal to manage bands. At the moment I’m managing J.F.K and recently Girl York as well booking The Hen House Live and working at Hen House Rehearsal Studios.

 

Best/funniest/most outrageous memory from one of your previous shows?
Nothing super crazy has happened yet - Anthony (drummer of J.F.K) did split his suit pants during a show once which was pretty funny (sorry Antho) but the best thing for me is seeing people at shows singing along and rocking out to J.F.K songs - that makes me really happy. 

 

Your dream headliner?
No Doubt - Gwen Stefani is my idol.

 

Describe the health of the area/scene/s you specialize in WA, and compared to Oz/world?
Music wise the Perth music scene is really strong - I think people over east and internationally are really starting to pay attention to musicians in Perth and recognising it as a hub for great music. Industry wise I think there is still some growing that needs to happen, I would like to see more of a community between music businesses and more young people pursuing the business side of the Perth music industry. Going overseas to SXSW and to Brisbane for BigSound I noticed a lot of creative businesses collaborating together to put on events which I think is really great and seeing the finalists for the UNFD Grant last year obviously showed there are a lot of young entrepreneurs around Australia doing great things in the music industry and i would love to see more of that happening in Perth.

Advice for musicians trying to make it in the local industry, esp in your area of specialty?
Learn the business side of the music...It’s really valuable for musicians to learn how the industry works and how to self manage until you can get someone on board to do it for you - I think a lot of musicians forget about the business side of things...But also if you are someone wanting to pursue the business side of the industry do the Music Business course at TAFE - it was so valuable for me being someone new to the Perth music scene and really opened up a lot of job opportunities for me. Also be prepared to work really hard - it’s not an easy industry but if you're passionate about it and ready to put in the work it’s worth pursuing.

 

Best/funniest/most outrageous memory from a previous WAMFest?
Last year I met the bassists from Violent Soho at the WAM after party at Badlands because it was also the after party for their show at Red Hill… My dad and I are massive Violent Soho fans... may have fan-girled a little and said we have matching VS shirts and vinyls.

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The Hen House Rehearsal Studios - WAMFest Showcase

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WAM gets to know some of the organisers, promoters and artists behind the Live Friday Showcases as part of #WAMFest presented by Drug Aware, and why their particular showcase might just be the one for you...

The Hen House Rehearsal Studios - WAMFest Showcase

Interviewee name: Sarah Treloar, Boss Lady at The Hen House Live
Presented by: The Hen House Live/Hen House Rehearsal Studios

 

Who should come to your show and why?
We’ve got together some of our favourite bands from the rehearsal studio to deliver an eclectic lineup of Alt-Rock/Hardcore/Grunge/Pop-Punk. Hercules Morse are always a highlight down at the venue – We love having them and they always put on such a good show Richard (lead singer) always gets amongst the crowd and is just wild. Furball and Foxton Kings have also just released some killer singles in the last couple of months and Lake James have been working hard down at the studio working on a new sound so we’re excited to see them play!
The Hen House Live is a great venue to come down to if you’re someone that likes small, intimate and crazy shows.   

 

Who shouldn’t?
People that are claustrophobic.

 

Aside from your own event, which 3 #WAMFest performers/ #WAMCon speakers / facets are you most looking forward to catching, and WHY?
Flossy, Edie Green, and will also be checking out all the amazing local bands playing WAMCon that have been rehearsing down at the studio.

 

Brief history:
The Hen House Live has been kicking for just over a year now – The venue was started by Rob Nassif who owns Hen House Rehearsal Studios to be a venue where bands can cut their teeth in the Perth music scene and do their first shows. Sometimes it can be hard for bands to start if they haven’t played a show before so we wanted to create a space where it’s really easy to book a gig and they can pack the room with their mates and play a really fun show! We are pretty diverse genre wise – Our best shows are usually hardcore shows as the venue really suits that kind of genre and with it being a floor show bands really get in amongst the crowd and people love it, but saying that we’ve also had some great Hip-Hop shows at the venue!


Best/funniest/most outrageous memory from one of your previous shows?
We had our most insane show at the start of the year where Hercules Morse, Bounty Hunter, Old Devil and Statues played and it was just crazy – think we crammed 100 people into the room on a summers night so it was pretty hot and the whole room was basically a mosh pit it was madness and everyone was loving it!   

Your dream headliner?
I’ve always wanted to put a secret show on at the venue and just get a massive act to do a small show – a band like Violent Soho, Royal Blood or DZ Deathrays would be so great to rock out to in the Hen House Live room.

 

Describe the health of the area/scene/s you specialize in WA, and compared to Oz/world?
It’s been really great to see so many new music venues popping up in Perth - for bands and music lovers you have so many different places you can perform and go to that are spread out all across Perth but at the same time i don’t think Perth has the population to support all of them so it can be a bit difficult. In the end we are lucky to have so many diverse venues where you can basically see any kind of music and it’s great to have so many different shows happening weekly in Perth.
  

Advice for musicians trying to make it in the local industry, esp in your area of specialty?
In terms of booking a show – make sure you are organized – Things like having a song you can send someone so they can get an idea of what you sound like…if your putting your own lineup together it’s good to give an idea of who you want to play as well as the date you are wanting to book when you send the initial email, just makes the process a lot quicker. Also PROMOTION – once you book the show make sure you promote it as much as possible it’s vital in getting people down to the show and a lot of bands tend to be quite lazy or don’t like social media but people have short attention spans so you have to constantly remind them of the show and if you’re doing a launch hit up your local media like RTRFM, The Music, Scenstr, Pilerats and WAM for a bit of extra promotion.  

 

Best/funniest/most outrageous memory from a previous WAMFest?
Jon Madd going around Badlands and doing magic at the after party was a highlight.

ENTRY $10 // EVENT

CATZILLA album Launch

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WAM gets to know some of the organisers, promoters and artists behind the Live Friday Showcases as part of #WAMFest presented by Drug Aware, and why their particular showcase might just be the one for you...

CATZILLA album Launch

Interviewee name: Andy Jarvis (aka Razor Jack), guitarist and songwriter for CATZILLA
Presented by: Trickster Music / CATZILLA

 

Who should come to your show and why?
This is a big, 60s-inspired go-go rock n roll party to celebrate the launch of CATZILLA’s debut album. It features 4 of Perth’s best original bands, each with their own take on the 60s sound, from surf to pop, wild rock n roll to garage-fuzz. With 3 killer 60s garage DJs spinning vinyl, special guests… and go-go dancers! If this sounds good, you should definitely come!

 

Who shouldn’t?
If the above sounds dreadful, maybe try somewhere else!

 

Aside from your own event, which 3 #WAMFest performers/ #WAMCon speakers / facets are you most looking forward to catching, and WHY?
One of the things I love about WAMfest is the chance to discover new bands - I’ll be exploring and trying to catch as much as possible. I’d especially like to catch the Nerve Quakes though - love the post-punk sound (I grew up on bands like Xmal Deutschland and the Banshees) and they do it well.

 

Brief history:
CATZILLA’s been going for just a couple of years. We released our vinyl EP “Going Wild” and toured Japan last year and we can’t wait to unveil our debut album. Coo (vocals/keys) and I have been playing in bands together for a long time though, starting with post-punkers Toys Went Berserk (Sydney) in the mid-80s. We recorded with Pixies producer Gary Smith in Boston, played at CBGBs and toured in the States, lived and gigged in the UK… we’ve been in Perth since 2003 and do more music than ever now.

 

Best/funniest/most outrageous memory from one of your previous shows?
We’ve toured in Japan half-a-dozen times with CATZILLA and Rocket To Memphis and every time has been amazing. Most outrageous show was the Back From The Grave Halloween Ball featuring 32 of Japan’s WILDEST bands back-to-back in one room’ on one crazy night. Unbelievably MENTAL fun!

 

Your dream headliner?
Over the years we’ve been lucky enough to support and work with a few inspirational bands, including The Cramps, Heavy Trash and most recently The Neatbeats (Japan). Hmmm… the Mummies probably - rock n roll doesn’t get much wilder!

 

Describe the health of the area/scene/s you specialize in WA, and compared to Oz/world?  
The original scene here has always punched above it’s weight. In the garage rock n roll area, there’s a lot of cool stuff happening around the world right now but not many bands as great as the monkey-loving King Cornelius & the Silverbacks.

 

Advice for musicians trying to make it in the local industry, esp in your area of specialty? 
Just stick to your guns and be true to the music you love. Even if you don’t “make it” you’ll always be happy in the music.

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