Punter Profile: Dylan McArdle
When did you first start going to see local Perth bands?
I’ve been going to see local bands since about ’99. I didn’t go out much and my sister used to nag me to come out with her. I always had the attitude “I’ve never heard of these bands, so that can’t be that good”. But something changed (maybe it was her and my mum nagging me to go) and I went along.
The first gig I went to was Cinema Prague’s “It’s Schnapschter” CD launch and I was kinda hooked. It was my first outing to the (long since defunt) Grosvenor Back Room. I remember we used to enjoy going along to see many different bands including Turnstyle, Eskimo Joe, Anodyne 500, Beaverloop, Jebediah, Red Jezebel and the Three Orange Whips. While many of those bands aren’t around any more, the memories will remain forever.
Do you buy many local CD’s?
I have a decent size collection of CDs in general and yes, a lot of these are from local artists. Many local CD’s are limited in their print run so I find it important to get them when the first come out otherwise I might not have the same opportunity later. 78’s or Dada’s is usually where I get my CD’s from, though you can often find then in JB Hi-Fi nowadays. I collect vinyl as well and it’s good to see some artists still putting their work out on vinyl. I am running out of storage room at home (for all my CD’s and records) though 😦
Are you involved in the music scene besides going to gigs?
Not really. I do a bit of gig and CD reviewing for perthsounds.com and photography mainly for my benefit but that’s about it. I’d like to be more involved in the scene but I’m not sure how or where to start or if I have the time. I should join some forums and make myself a bit more known for starters.
Which venues do you like and why?
Each of the main venues in Perth has something going for it. I guess I go to Amplifier or Rosemount the most because that’s where the majority of the gigs are.
I like the beer garden at Rosemount because my friends can join me for a drink even if they don’t want to pay to see the bands. Plus it doesn’t seem to get that squashed inside even with a full house. Mojo’s probably is the most atmospheric but when it’s at capacity it can be very hot and uncomfortable inside.
I miss the days of the Grosvenor and the buzz the place had – especially when both the front and back rooms were open. The restaurant there now may be good but the front bar is a sad site when you think of how it used to be. Last drinks is at 10:30 on a Saturday night now!
I don’t like Metro’s Freo or The Paramount…’nuff said.
What do you drink at gigs?
I’m a beer man so it’s usually Carlton Draught or Tooheys New/Extra Dry. I don’t drink a lot a gigs, usually just a couple of pints – partly because I’ll most likely have to drive home at the end of the gig and also because I’m there to enjoy the music, not get smashed.
Why do you watch local original music?
Local gigs are still a cheap form of entertainment and entry plus a beer usually costs no more than, say, going to the movies. And I guess it doesn’t matter how many times you see a particular band, every time is unique in its own right. It’s great to look back on the past and say “I’ve seen than band before” and relive the memories.
What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on stage?
Over the years Perth have had lots of comical musicians – Mike Wafer (Love Camp 7), Dan Durack (The Whips) and Leon Ewing (Beaverloop) all come to mind. But there’s a incident at the Red Jez CD launch at Amps a few years ago that sticks in my mind.
We were at the all ages gig in the afternoon and Eskimo Joe were playing under the name of “Ruby Wednesday”. There was the odd, fat, balding old bloke with all these young kids with him and they kept drawing on him in permanent marker – very strange. Anyway, the last song in the set was “Ruby Wednesday” and when Kav messed up the lyrics the fat guy shouted him out. So Kav shouted out “you come up and sing then” and he did. All was good until the chorus and he just stopped, the band told him to keep going and somehow he ended up rolling around on the stage like he was having an epileptic fit screaming into the microphone. While we weren’t sure if we should be concerned we still pissed ourselves laughing.
Are there any new local bands you have discovered lately?
Let me see…of the new crop of bands I like Mink Muscle Creek, Tame Implala, The Slim Pickins, Streetlight, Sure-Fire Midnights and Sugar Army just to name a few. Probably The Leap Year too.
And while they’re not really new, I’ve enjoyed introducing a lot of my friends to Schvendes. They’ve got a great sound and they’re really unique. Their gig when they supported Deloris at the Norfolk Basement earlier this year.