Punter Profile: Dave Owen

When did you first start going to see local Perth bands?
I went to a few when I moved to Perth from Bunbury in 2001. I go to a lot more now though!

Favourite local releases for 2008?
The Preytells – Sacramento single
The Kill Devil Hills – Hungry and Down single

Are you involved in the music scene besides going to gigs?
I play in Mrs Henry and work at RTRFM as a sponsorship manager…so not really J

Which venues do you like and why?
Rosemount – It’s getting a little more posh which is a bad sign of things to come but it’s a still a firm favourite
Fly By Night – The best big venue because it’s nice and open and there’s a big papier-mâché hand
Velvet Lounge – Because it’s close to home
Mojos – Because it’s friendly and I have fantastic memories of playing awful gigs there

Who are your favourite local bands and why?
Nancy Sikes!
Kill Devil Hills
Generals and Majors
Boys, Boys, Boys
The Preytells
The Painkillers

What is the best gig you’ve ever seen?
Pixies at the Sasquatch Festival in Washington State in 2005

What do you drink at gigs and what brand?
Beer usually and I’m not that bothered which one.

Are there any new local bands you have discovered lately?
The Atom Hearts are a cool new group

Why support local original music?

Because it’s cheap!!!

Love Like Violence Returns To The Hydey For New Year’s Eve

Love Like Violence Returns To The Hyde Park For New Year’s Eve

Love Like Violence was one of the best-vibed, most talked about local indie rock/punk shows of last year, which wrapped up 2007 and heralded 2008 with nothing short of a spectacular bang. This year, Rockus present to you Love Like Violence: NYE Edition 2008, held on Wednesday 31st December at the Hyde Park Hotel over two stages – and this edition promises to ring in a New Year like never before…

A combination of local music staples and exciting up and comers, this year’s Love Like Violence lineup sees Schvendes and Eleventh He Reaches London (who’ll be ringing in the New Year bloody loudly) headlining the event, both with recent releases under their belts and both about to undertake national tours, with ludicrously strong support from The Devil Rides Out, Project Mayhem, The Scotch of Saint James (formerly The Slim Pickins), Hooper’s Store, Pond, Genghis and These Shipwrecks.

Add to that the cheapest ticket in town ($20+bf pre sale) and your New Years Eve is set. LLV:NYEO8 is all killer no filler – exceptional local bands at the haven of local music – get your party shoes on and rock the hell on into 2009.

Tickets just $20 + bf and on sale Thursday 30th October thru Mills, Planet, Star Perth and www.heatseeker.com.au

News: WAM Song Of The Year Winners 2008

Blues & Roots
Howl And Moan – Abbe May

Revien – Cloud Kollektiv

Place Where I Belong – Phyllis Bennell

Electronic – Dance
Realizing – Cloud Kollektiv

Light – Lindsay Hamminga

Heavy Rock
Refuse The Sickness – R Felton, S Mitchell, D Anderton, M Kruit & C Mitchell (Chaos Divine)

Gundulla – We Dance by D Stokes, B Stokes, J Masters & R Martinez (The Yabu Band)

Til Death Does Me Part – Johannes Luebbers

Mixed Bag
The Land – Abraham Dunovits (Funkalleros)

Feel – Roly Skender and The Tonics

Kaya – Charmaine Bennell (Warangka Band)


Howl And Moan – Abbe May

School – Primary
Shadows – Josephine Langford

School – Secondary Lower
Smile – Mike Nutt

School – Secondary Upper
The Pony And The Ark – Lyndon Blue

Behind The Curtain – Emcee Able

World & Folk
Kaya – Charmaine Bennell (Warangka Band)

As judged by the competition judging panel from all category winners:
Feel – Roly Skender and The Tonics
You Can hear the winning song at their MySpace: www.myspace.com/rolyskender

As judged by Sunday Times and PerthNOW Entertainment Staff from all nominees:
Give Up Money For Music – B-Syde

Boom Town Rocks!

Boom Town Rocks

This ol’ town will pick you up

Let you feel safe and sound
Tell you everything you want
And then drop you to the ground

But I don’t care, I don’t care
Fuck you, I won’t EVER be a fool again
I don’t care, I don’t care.

And after all this time you just don’t get it
And that’s what I find so pathetic….

Boom town rocks
In your face
All this bullshit’s a disgrace
But that’s just fine
I will rise
Like a phoenix from the pyre

And I don’t care, I don’t care
Fuck you I won’t ever be a slave again
I don’t care, I don’t care…

And this might come as quite a shock
But I have given all I’ve got.

Boom Town Rocks.