Punter Profile: Kelly Armstrong

When did you first start going to see local perth bands?
I went to my first gig with local bands in 1999 when i was 14. Eskimo joe were supporting the living end. but i didn’t start going regularly til 2001 after seeing bands like the Fergusons, Klippspringer and Fourth Floor Collapse.

Do you buy many local cds?
I used to pretty much only buy local cds. and i still buy quite a few.

Are you involved in the music scene besides going to gigs?
I organise all ages gigs for The Vault as well as ‘Yac It Up’. I’ve also started a photography business with a fellow music photographer.http://mojo-rock@cjb.net

Which venues do you like and why?
Amplifier’s my favorite. from a punter’s point of view, it’s just a greatroom with usually a great vibe with the convenience of a beer garden. From a photographer’s point of view, the lights are killer.and i like the hydie because there’s no stage.

Who are you favourite local bands and why?
Eskimo joe have been my favorite band for almost seven years, and they pretty much got me into local music. They’re like an old faithful dog now. I also dig the fergusons [rip], grand central, gyroscope, the nordeens, snowman, the bank holidays, the avenues… and all for different reasons.

What do you drink at gigs?
Generally beer. carlton draught, becks.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on stage?
When you generally see pretentious rock bands, nothing funny happens.

Are there any new local bands you have discovered lately?
Columbia are going to be brilliant!

Interview by Leo Abbs

Punter Profile: Duceman

This is the first in the series of Punter Profiles where we interview gig goers.

First up, we talked to Liam Ducey, better known as Duceman. Known to some internet users as that guy from perthbands.com, it turns out he does more than just post on message boards. Whether it be be music journalism, starring in documentaries or being a mad supporter of certain Perth bands, he’s one guy who loves music. Here’s what Duceman had to say.

When did you first start going to see local Perth bands?
Shit Leo, hit me with the hard questions first up. I guess it would have been when I came up to Uni when I was 17. Before that i’d seen Red Jezebel at Esperance Arts Centre when I was 15, and i’d seen Three Orange Whips play ESHS gym when I was in year 12, but local shows…one of the first shows I went to was Jed Whitey, Six Foot Hick and Magic Dirt.

I hadn’t heard of the two bands before MD, but they knocked the fuck out of me. After that, Dave and I started hitting up Bordello, before we realised they were utter shit, Autopilot, Jed Whitey etc etc etc.

Are you involved in the music scene besides going to gigs?
Yeah, i’m one of those vague music journalist types. I’d like to think i’m reasonably good, but that’s probably the metholated spirits talking. I mainly write for Grok, although recently i’ve hooked up with Rockus, run by that wonderful Steph Edwardes character. Oh yeah, and i’ve also been published in Maximum Rock and Roll. How’s that for credibility!

Do you buy many local cds?
Well, i’m in the fortunate position of doing review for Grok and Rockus, and in that sense I pretty well keep myself covered. I think the last local CD I bought was Capital City vs The Bangkok Ladyboys, and the last local CD I received was Zxspecky – Zeph Likes It, which I can thoroughly recommend.

Which venues do you like and why?
Well, every venue has it’s own appeal, y’know?

I love the Amplifier because the sound is generally amazing, and I like to stay up all night drinking with the various other miscreants that generally inhabit the place.

I like the Rosemount because I have wonderful carpark drinking memories, and I like being able to jet out to the beergarden after watching a band, the whole inside/outside deal is nice, although I wish they’d get rid of the horrible doof doof in the beer garden.

I like the Hydey because it’s horrible and seedy, the floor is sticky and if you can see the band they’re inevitably about two feet from your face which I think is great.

That’s the main three. Newport deserves an honourable mention, but it’s in Freo so it can get fucked.

What are you favourite local bands and why?
My Jed Whitey fandom knows no bounds. Look out for the JW/Giants Of Science Tour Doco being released on Mongoloid Dave Home Video soon kids, with sort-of narration by me.

I’ll just list the others, because if I have to explain each one it’ll take weeks. The Volcanics, The Fuzz, Standard Deviants, Eleventh He Reaches London, Capital City/The Sam Scherr Jew Explosion, Red Jezebel, Subtruck, Antistatic and any band Russ is in provided he doesn’t speak.

What do you drink at gigs?
I’ll drink anything that’s wet, provided it has some form of alcohol content. Mainly beer or beam and coke, but I have been known to swap cigarettes for glasses of a cunningly concealed goon bag.[quote]

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on stage?
I didn’t see it personally but i’ve seen video footage, and clearly the funniest thing i’ve seen on stage was Jed Whitey playing in Dunsborough. Debacle is the word that springs to mind, it’s hilarious. Try telling Jed Whitey to turn down and see what happens.

Oh, and the first time I saw the Local Pricks I thought their antics were hilarious, although it lost most, well all of it’s charm the next seventy times I saw ’em.

Are there any new local bands you have discovered lately?
Yeah, Cobra Clutch are great. Fast, loud and tough. Eleventh aren’t that new but this year they’ve been kicking heads and taking names, they should hurry up and release an album or something.

I remember seeing the Volcanics aaaaages ago at the JW Black Metal Extravaganza and not really paying any attention, but this year they were one of the bands you had to take notice of. They just show you how important a charismatic frontman is to a good rocknroll show. They also demonstrate the importance of the scarf to rocknroll. Apparently they’re just around to warm the necks of skinny indie nerds.

Dave Mann Collective – Wake Up

‘Wake Up’ the second release from Dave Mann Collective begins with the title track which is a catchy number which hints at an influence of Jack Johnson at times. Other tracks on here cover similar ground – well written acoustic songs that come straight from the heart.

The band has undergone a few changes since their first cd, with Roy Fernandez replacing Mark Lowes on bass and the loss of their keyboardist. This gives the band more of a folk sounds while previously the keyboards gave it a pop edge. The comparison of the old style to the new is evident on the live track which is recorded with the new band but with a song from the first ep ‘Hard Man To Talk To.

Dave Mann Collective has to be one of the most promising roots acts in the country. Great voice, some tasty guitar playing and most of all some nice tunes.

cd review: Quadbox – The Four Box-men of Aquadalypse

At first I feared this was going to be another one of those folk bands that are everywhere at the moment. But I was in for a surprise. While this is an acoustic based album this is far from Ben Harper.

Local fans may remember bands like Love Camp, Beaverloop and early Eskimo Joe. While this band has a different sound to those bands, it shares a light hearted comic approach. Some highlights include ‘Sex and Def Scallops’ (about Geoff Gallop) ‘What’s in your fridge’ and a song ‘EEADAE’ (shouldn’t be hard to figure out how to play that one).

Some songs need work (some of the lyrics have been lazily written) but this would be an enjoyable band to see live. If you like music that isn’t mopey you may like it. They are currently based in Albany – if they come to play in Perth, check them out.

Blast From The Past – Three Orange Whips

The story starts off in 1996. A friend in my TAFE class was telling me about her brother’s band.

‘They were in the Campus Bands competition and they arrived in time for their set only for the guitarist to realise that he had forgotten his guitar. He went home to get it but by the time he got back it was too late’

‘What are they called’ someone asked

‘Three Orange Whips’ My friend replied

After hearing a few stories about this band, I finally got to see them in June 1997 at the Rosemount Hotel. I can remember them their sound was a mixture of punk and rock. I quite liked it even if it was bloody loud. I thought the singer had a stange but innovative way of dancing. I also remember the bass player, Graeme falling over while playing.

In October I was reading Xpress and found out that the Whips were supporting Beaverloop at their Cd Launch. So I called my friend Tracy and she said I’ll ask (my brother) Graeme about it.

I heard ‘Are we playing with Beaverloop? No one told me.”

The gig was at the Ozone Bar in Northbridge. We got their as the band was setting up. James the guitarist had forgot his guitar strap so he had to borrow one of Brad from Beaverloop. By this time I had seen the band a few times and the songs were becoming familiar. I was singing along to ‘Fuck The Salad’ (you don’t forget a line like that) and noticed that the person next to me me was singing along to.

Over the summer, The Whips began to gig regularly playing most weeks. The most memorable one was at the Aberdeen on a Sunday. it was time for them to go on stage, only they had no idea where the singer, Dan was.

They got up on stage and decided to play the first song instrumental. It was pretty boring without vocals. They obviously realised this because on the next song, the guitarist started singing and towards the end of the song, Dan came running into the pub and hops onto stage, getting glares from his bandmates. At the end of the song, Dan says ‘hello. We are the three orange whips, welcome to the aberdeen’

James replies ‘Yeah welcome to the Aberdeen DAN’

in March 98, the Whips got to support Custard at the Grosvenor Backroom playing two shows – the allages in the afternoon and the overage gig in the evening. Best quote from that show was when the Whips’ Drummer Besty got up to the mic and said

‘I’d like to apologise for my band being so crap’

With the gigs increasing, the band became motivated. I was told one Sunday at the Swanny ‘Apparently We are going to record.’ by Graeme. That was also the night, where we picked up his moped and moved it halfway across the hotel carpark hiding it by a tree. He came out looking very confused. He did find it – I can’t remember if we ever told him we’d moved it.

I got given a copy of the recording on tape by Tracy. It wasn’t released and I was told by someone it was a demo. I was a bit confused at the time what a ‘demo’ meant. Though I liked the recording so much that remember emailing to Heath Bradby Jebediah’s manager and I got a reply saying ‘please don’t fucking send me big files, I was downloading my email on my laptop through my mobile.’ Oops. Fortunately he accpeted my apology. I won’t say what he said about the song…

Lots more gigs including a 70’s night where they covered among others ‘Heart of Glass’ by Blondie and ‘Suffragette City’ by Bowie. The Heart of Glass cover became so popular that at a show with Eskimo Joe and Love Camp 7, about a dozen of the Whips friends went down the front and started chanting for it. They gave in and played it, only this time Dan didn’t have his wig that he wore at the70s night.

This was also the first time I saw Love Camp 7 play with whips. Who they played many a show with in the next two years. They became good friends with each other and recorded a cover of each’s other songs. Love Camp recorded ‘French Movie’ and the Whips recorded ‘Smashomaniac’. It was to be released on Vinyl as this quote from Bubblehead Zine says:

The discography of Love Camp 7 will expand greatly in 1999. The forthcoming album Smell the glove will be released by Trend Is Dead in the USA, and they will get songs on a couple of compilations. Most insteresting is a split vinyl EP with 3 Orange Whips called ‘My three and a half inches is bigger than yours’.

The Whips debut cd launch was held in December of that year. Entry to gig included a showbag (nothing to do with Glenn Musto) which included a cd, stickers, gig posters, a Three Orange Whips sticker and a cigarette.

The Grosvenor was packed that night, half of Bunbury must have been there. I don’t think you’d ever see a band so happy as that night. It was almost as if they’d never record a cd let alone have a packed gig to launch. The night finished off with an encore of Heart Glass with the whole room singing along at one point and Dan holding the Mic stand out into the crowd so it could pick up the noise better.

The cd wasn’t recorded as well as i hoped. So first listens were disappointing but it became a regular once I got used to the sound. I review it for their webpage at some point. My favourites were ‘Foundry Promenade’ the backyard bbq anthem ‘Fuck The Salad and of course ‘French Movie’.

In January the band opened the Warped Festival at Claremont Showgrounds, one of the few lucky bands that got to play on the mainstage indoors while the other local bands played outside in the 40 degree heat. The whips were quite excited and Dan had come prepared. Knowing that people throw things around at festivals, he brought out the cricket bat and asked people to throw empty drink bottles at him. In between songs, it provided quite entertainment to see how far he could hit the plastic bottles. The game ended before the last song and as they kicked into Fuck The Salad, someone threw a baked bean can and sconed Dan on the head. Luckily he was okay.

There were plenty more memorable gigs in 99. They played on a really good lineup called ‘Ripper 99’ which turned out to be a fizzer when James had his guitar nicked. So they organised a show with two of the bands to raise money for a new one called ‘Ripped Off 99’.

In August, a friend of mine, Belinda had a birthday show at the Grosvenor Back Room. It was the first time I’d seen some of the bands. Jed Whitey who looked like Spinal Tap and another bands which featured Genge from RTR on percussion. This was also the night where I went onstage with the band during ‘Fuck the salad’ to dance in whips style.

Perhaps the best show I ever saw was when the Whips got to play at Perth Metros at a republican benefit gig. Playing on such a big stage, with a classy PA. Meant a) they sounded fantastic and b) it provided a setting for antics. Dan used all three mics during the gig and proceed to throw each one over and the bizarre thing was their was stage crew to pick up the mic and fix them up. I’m sure he did half a dozen times. A classic whips moment.

In 2000 they released their second EP ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’. It turned out to be the last time I saw them with Graeme. Dan announced one song and Graeme asked him ‘how does that one go?’ Dan had a toy in his hand at the time and threw it at him in disgust. The toy had been earlier shown to the crowd – a plastic penis.

The cd was a huge improvement in sound quality but it was half left over songs that didn’t make the first ep, ones that were on the original demo. Highlights were ‘Tina Rock Arena’ and ‘Roger’s Chest’. They shouldn’t have tried to get ‘Owilde’ on the radio it was probably the crappiest song on there.

The cd launch was the last time I saw the band before Graeme left the band. Not long after they headed to Melbourne and unfortunately I didnt’ get to see any of their farewell shows called ‘Sayonara Saturdays’. It felt like an end of era for me as far as Perth Music goes as a number of bands left for Melbourne at the same time including the whips, there was full scale deflection, Love Camp 7 and John Butler.

The Whips did return for shows while they were in Melbourne. All were good nights particularly the last show at the Amplifier in 2003. It was just like old times and quite fitting that they finished with ‘French Movie’ ‘Tina Rock Arena’ and ‘Fuck The Salad’ There are certain bands which impact your life – supporting you through tough times and providing a soundtrack through the happy times. Three Orange Whips were one of those bands for me.

New Band Focus – The Verites

The Verites

Band Members:
Gordi Holland – Vocals/Guitars
Roy Zomerdyk – Guitars
Gabe Mach – Drums/Vocals
Rob Ambrose – Bass
Tristan O’Brien – Mysterious 5th Member

Influences: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, The Vines, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Strokes and The Music.

Style: Alternative/Acoustic rock

The name: “The Verites” , Apparently it comes from “Cinéma vérité”. Also the name of their highschool band. So”The Verites” were re-born.

How the band started:Gordon and Roy had been jamming together since high school. After a break playing in separate bands, they got back together in early 2004 to form what would become “The Verites”.

They started writing songs together and were soon joined by Gordon’s friend Gabe on Drums. Finally another friend, Rob, bought himself a bass guitar and eventually joined the band to complete the line-up.

Upcoming gigs: “Surfacing” Monday January 10th , The Rosemount

Website: http://www.verites.tk

MP3s on website

Contact Details:
Email – verites_band@hotmail.com
Mobile – Roy Zomerdyk – 0409 729 005

2004 in review

John Butler kept getting Bigger and bigger. He won arias, he sold bloody heaps of cds independently here in Australia (multi Platinum) and signed a deal in America.

The Flairz a young band that got a lot of attention around town. Different in their case as they are only in primary school.

End of Fashion got signed adding to the Sleepy Steele Empire. They also played some cracking shows and got shitloads of airplay. Went to Texas as well.

The WAMI Weekender was the stopgap measure as the wamis were changed to Summer. So it was a shortened version this year. The Saturday Spectactular the Monkey Bar/Amplifier was a highlight.

RTR moved to Mt Lawley and Genge left the breakfast show to do something different. he’ll be missed.

Gyroscope released a new album and showed they’ve come a long way;

Perth Music gets alot of attention. John Butler, Eskimo Joe, Jebediah, The Waifs, End of Fashion, Sleeepy Jackson, Little Birdy, The Panda Band, Red Jezebel, The Hampdens, Downsyde, Gyroscope and many more got flogged on radio around the place.

In The Pines was a cracking day despite not one of the best lineups of recent year.

Bands breaking up long before they should have – Heathclife, Civilised and Uberfaust;

And a long time pop favourite called it a day (who we’d never thought break up) Team Jedi.