Punter Profile: Mongoloid Dave
This month we emailed a guy named Dave our punter profile questions. Dave is most known to music scene around Perth for making dvds, in particularly jed whitey. He has also contributed to the three orange whips dvd and has a webssite www.mongoloiddave.com, which has rare videos and mp3s as well a gig tracker where he records every gig he goes to.
Dave seems to be a jed whitey fanatic. In fact he mentioned them in nearly every bloody question!
When did you first start going to see local perth bands?
Strangely enough, I started going to see Perth bands when I was living in Esperance! As part of the 1998 WAMIs Red Jezebel visited the town and played an all ages gig, and the next year the Three Orange Whips came and played a very memorable show in my high school gymnasium during lunchtime. The band swore lots in front of the school kids and Dan Durack went wild with his funky dancing.
When I finished High School at the end of 2000 I started flying to Perth on the weekends to play cricket in the WACA competition. While I was up here I started going to see a few all ages gigs. A particularly memorable one was a Jebediah/Magic Dirt/Sleepy Jackson show at the Grosvenor backroom. All of the bands were fantastic and I came out drenched in sweat from being in the massive Jebs mosh pit.
When I finally moved to Perth in about March 2001 I scored myself a fake ID and started going along to licensed gigs. My first one was Magic Dirt / Six Ft Hick / Jed Whitey at the Grosvenor backroom. The show was amazing and all of the bands blew me away. Myself and my best friend Duceman liked Jed Whitey so much that we started going to their shows regularly, and in the process we were introduced to a plethora of Perth bands – from Team Jedi and The Fergusons to the M16s and Subtruck!
Do you buy many local cds?
I buy quite a few and I’ve recently started scoring some for free as well. One thing I’ve noticed over the last few years is that the quality of local CDs has really shot up. When I first started listening to local CDs the production on them was often pretty sub-standard. The CDs sounded like demos rather than professional recordings. Nowadays most local CDs sound brilliant. Red Jezebel, Capital City and Subtruck are a few bands that have put out world-class sounding CDs in the last year or two.
Are you involved in the music scene besides going to gigs?
I’m not employed in a professional capacity – I don’t manage bands or anything like that. However I am somewhat notorious for making home videos, DVDs and internet movies about Perth bands. A few bands such as Jed Whitey and the Three Orange Whips have ended up using some of my footage on their official releases.
I also have a website that I originally created to house videos of Perth bands. The URL of the site is http://www.mongoliddave.com I have been redesigning the site over the last few months and soon I will re launch it. The new site will feature lots of rare articles, videos, mp3s and memorabilia of Perth bands.
I can’t see myself getting more involved in the “music scene” than this, because I am a very organised person and I find most people in the Perth music scene to be extremely disorganised, and dealing with them drives me crazy.
Which venues do you like and why?
The Rosemount, Amplifier and Hydey are my favourites, because they are the closest ones to my house and I have seen lots of good gigs at those venues. The Hydey sucks if it’s packed and you’re not in the front couple of rows as you can’t see anything. However if you are in the front row and there’s an awesome rock show on it’s amazing.
Who are you favourite local bands and why?
A lot of my favourite local bands have either split up or moved over East! These include Jed Whitey, Three Orange Whips, Autopilot, Fourstroke, Capital City, Turnstyle, Ammonia, Cartman, Beaverloop, Klippspringer, The Fergusons and Chris Fuller’s bands (Anodyne 500 / Ikey Mo).
Of the current crop of Perth bands my favourites are easily The Fuzz and Subtruck. I also quite like the Volcanics, or at least I did like them until their singer whacked me over the head with his mic stand at the last gig of theirs that I went to. As a result I’m feeling a bit indifferent towards The Volcanics at the moment.
What is the best gig you’ve ever seen?
My best gig *ever* was Rammstein at the Big Day Out in 2001. Their stage show and pyrotechnics were unbelievable, and their music was cranking.
As for local gigs it’s hard to pick only one. I’d probably go for one of Jed Whitey’s gigs at the Hydey. Their farewell show when they dressed up as Norwegian black metal dudes was pretty fucking good.
What do you drink at gigs?
Beer. Generally Tooheys New. I hate bottled beer at gigs, and I am not fond of venues charging punters for water either.
What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on stage?
Most of the funny things I’ve seen on stage have involved either Jed Whitey or Sam Scherr from Capital City. I vaguely remember Sam playing a gig with one of his testicles accidentally exposed to the crowd which was very amusing. Jed Whitey at the 2003 WAMIs at the Rosemount were very funny.
There were some indie kids sitting on the ground in front of JW while they were playing. This may be ok for indie kids at indie gigs, but JW are a rock band and sitting on the ground in front of them while they’re pulling Spinal Tap-esque moves is not on. After endlessly ridiculing the indie kids and demanding that they stand up (to no avail), Luke Mk1 from JW went and a stole full jug of beer off the indie kids and also snatched a diary off one of them.
Luke then started reading the diary to the crowd, pulling the piss out of its author the whole time. Also, being a WAMI gig the whole point of it was to promote WA music. However throughout their set JW urged punters to leave and go and support Victorian music at the Amplifier Bar, where later that night Jed Whitey were playing with the Casanovas.
Another funny show I recall was a Sex at Gunpoint gig at the Hydey. Some rowdy indigenous members of the crowd stormed the “stage” mid set and stole the singer’s microphone. They refused to give it back until they’d been allowed to sing a number of songs with the band. At the same gig the singer from Sex at Gunpoint leapt behind the Hydey bar mid-song and started drinking beer out of the tap!
Are there any new local bands you have discovered lately?
A couple of bands to look out for are Insidium, who are an interesting, vaguely stoner rock band, and Chaos Divine who are a brutal metal band. Oh, and stay away from the Freudian Slips because they’re fucken boring. I’ve also recently discovered ZX Specky’s new CDs, “Pseudo-Intellectual Pop For Retards” and “Pass the Coopers / Pass the Goon” and they’re both really good.