Punter Profile: Graham Knapp
When did you first start going to see local perth bands?
The 95 Big Day Out was my first exposure to Perth Bands on the small stage, and in the same trip I checked out a few Freo venues. Moved up in 1996 and hit the Grosvenor, Planet, Hydey, Shents, Coakleys and Rosie etc.. every weekend. Two of those venues remain.
Do you buy many local cds?
When I can afford to I do. When I can’t, I rely upon the demos I get for booking the odd gig.
Are you involved in the music scene besides going to gigs?
Since day one of living here I’ve been playing gigs pretty much. Around 2001 I began a good 3 or 4 year Hiatus from that, before getting sucked back in.
I’m promoting small gigs ATM on a semi-regular basis.
Which venues do you like and why?
Hydey- Litmus test for bands, and just feels like home. Mojos for being so cosy.
I like all the original venues, including the hybrid ones that only do one or two original nights a week. I seem to have a good time anywhere that sells piss, funnily enough.
Who are your favourite local bands and why?
O, Tuckers, Guttervilles are sentimental favourites.
Currently live: Snowman, Silky Krusher (with the backing singers line up), Kill Devil Hills, Moonlight Wranglers, Schvendes, Red Jez, The Meaning of, Subtruck, Mongrel Country, Painkillers… I like bands on the extreme end of their respective spectrums.
On CD: The Collonial Banquet, The City Watch, Most of the above mentioned.
What is the best gig you’ve ever seen?
Radiohead. Perth Ent Cent 97.
What do you drink at gigs?
Whatever I can afford. Occaisionaly I don’t drink, if driving. Then it’s juice and water.
What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on stage?
Dan Durack (Three Orange Whips) spreading his arse mid song in my face. He didn’t miss a beat. I was stoned and found it pretty funny.. but I don’t think the crowd were laughing with me, as much as at me!
The Tuckers are the funniest thing as far as just coming across as manaically funny.
The Fuzz at some party where Shane was drunk, and being a mosh monster through every song. Never seen it before or again. Bizzarre!
Are there any new local bands you have discovered lately?
Solarii, Spoonful, The City Watch, Tracmajic and Sola, the Hill, Yabu Band, Tengo Fuego, The Wen Band, and News for Airwaves (who I now play bass for).
Now why local music? Why not cover bands?
I admit to enjoying cover bands, but I prefer to see people play their own stuff. The kind of songs cover bands usually play easily become highly annoying, with repetition. I used to get annoyed at the some of people you would encounter at a cover show, but now figure if anyone one annoys you at a gig it’s more because they are too pissed rather than because they go to cover bands.
If I find myself in the vicinity of a cover band I usually enjoy it with a bit of a drinkie.
Do politics go with music?
Never for all the people all the time, though. It can be fucked up royally. It’s a bad time for it currently, plenty to say but no one listening.