Punter Profile: Gavin Criddle

Punter Profile: Gavin Criddle

When did you first start going to see local perth bands?
The first local gig I saw was an all ages gig at the Grosvenor Backroom, in
about 1994 – I think it was called Club Original then – or MX or something – it changed names quite a bit then – SFD, Rothgar, Ash and Moth were playing I think?

Anyhow, I saw a few more metal gigs around that time featuring acts such as Allegiance and SFD and being the angry young man that I was, got quite hooked on this local music stuff. so much that I didn’t actually see another gig for about a year or so.

I started the serious abuse of my eardrums and liver in 1995 – once again returning to
the fine establishment that is the Grosvenor Hotel, and later venturing onto venues such as the Ozone Bar and the Hyde Park Hotel and the like. From then on, it’s been a blurry bit of fun – I’m sure it’s all been fun, and not once have I been a drunk, irritating arsehole to some poor
random punter/band.

Do you buy many local cds?
Why yes, the local cd section is the first bit that gets attacked when I
visit the music store. ‘Tis my goal to one day own all the local stuff in
the cd section at 78s – I’m getting there gradually. Last I picked up was
the found:quantity of sheep dvd/cd.

Are you involved in the music scene besides going to gigs?
Erm – not really, I’m pretty much a punter – it’s easier to go to a gig and
enjoy it than to worry about what’s going on. I have recorded some live
gigs and have done some reviewing for a larf but I find that I concentrate
too much on the task instead of just relaxing and taking in the show so I
don’t do that too often. I’ve helped a couple of bands with their websites
and enquiries about the wonderful world of information technology, which
I’m always happy to do – giving something back to the community and all that.

Which venues do you like and why?
If you asked me a few years back, I’d say the Grosvenor Hotel – far too many happy memories from that place – or flashbacks at least. Such a lovely vibe and variety of shows and they kept letting me back in, which is great.

These days.. I do like the Rosemount or the Swan Basement – due to the relaxed vibe there – nice and cosy – though it can be fun being up close and personal with everyone at the Hydey – not a big fan of the Amplifier due to the rock hard floor which gets uncomfortable on the feet –
I find you need several ales so you can’t feel your legs and all is well.

I also don’t mind the Fly By Night Club, plenty of space for everyone and I find the volume of the PA is quite often good on the tinnitus. Oh, and if you’re in Bunbury, you’ve gotta catch a gig at the Prince of Wales and make sure you get a room so you can entertain the fellow guests with your drunken anecdotes til all hours of the morning – they’ll love your witty banter and loud obnoxious voice!

Who are you favourite local bands and why?
Fuck eh – erm I like a lot of you – you’re like family! But seriously, I do dig the lads and ladies in Josivac – I’m a big fan of female vocals so two of them is a good thing – just some damn good songs that I’ll almost dance to.

Fourth Floor Collapse have gone to the big smoke now but I reckon Mike Miller has an awesome voice and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a show that the boys didn’t put all their effort and enthusiasm into it, whether it’s me watching or 1000 others and me.

Sadly, a lot of bands I loved have died – Prickle, Proof, Closet Panic Sniveller, Swapmeat, Three
Orange Whips, Dirty Whittler, T-Cells, Epicine, Jessie Rider (i think? say it ain’t so!) and so on – cheers for the memories, lads and ladies!

PS Glenn Musto writes the best drunk singalong songs – they just go so well with beer!

What do you drink at gigs?
Beer is one of the five food groups as far as I’m concerned – Carlton Draught gives me happy flashbacks of vomitting in Melbourne so I tend to stick with that – but I’ll have whatever you’re having really – unless Swan Gold comes back from the dead, in which case, make mine a Jacks and Dry – the perfect way to sober up after a dozen or so beers – it makes me feel like Tom Waits, except without the talent.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on stage?
Hmm – I was most amused the time that Epicine were playing at the Hydey and Gulio decided to walk along the bar whilst singing to us all, without missing a beat – nice work, son! I find the barflys at the Hydey are also most excellent for providing a larf – god bless you key lady!

Are there any new local bands you have discovered lately?
I hadn’t seen 11th he reaches london until the pines – I liked their variety of noise – and I saw Mochief for the first time the other day – I dig the frontman’s vocal style and use of effects pedals. Tomas Ford is an entertaining chap. Otherwise, I can’t think of any newies. If you’re a
newie, feel free to tell me to come to your gig, I’d love to.


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