Punter Profile: Brett Ladhams
When did you first start going to see local perth bands?
-Around ’97, being a country lad I was late to arrive and it was all new and exciting.
Do you buy many local cds?
-Exactly zero. I tend to get most of them given to me through various (mis)adventures within the industry.
Are you involved in the music scene besides going to gigs?
-Yes. I’ve recently given up band management and event promotion (something I did for two years) to concentrate on study, but I still have weekly contributions to X-Press magazine and I co-host ‘Homegrown’ on RTRFM, Saturday’s from 3pm.
Which venues do you like and why?
-Black Betty’s give the heavy scene good support most Friday’s and its new PA is killer. Naturally Rosemount and Amplifier but I dig the Swan Basement’s ‘new’ vibe.
Who are you favourite local bands and why?
-Birds Of Tokyo would be my fave right now, that and Karnivool and Heavy Weight Champ. Both the latter have world class new material. Gyroscope and End Of Fashion’s new albums are sensational. Less well known, I dig The Fault and The Prey Tells.
What is the best gig you’ve ever seen?
-Shit, ummm… probably the WAMI Saturday Spectacular last year locally, but more recently Cog, Cog, Cog!
What do you drink at gigs?
-I’m a student, so as much or as little beer as I can afford
What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on stage?
-Um, Tom Prick’s ‘Mangina’ or the Civilised keyboardist dropping his keyboard during his uber-ccol ‘shake’ routine.
Are there any new local bands you have discovered lately?
-Most of those in this years Next Big Thing and National Campus Bands competitions. There is some serious new talent working its way through, I mentioned a couple earlier.