Punter Profile: Samantha Wass

When did you first start going to see local Perth bands?
I think it would have been about 2000. I was about fourteen when I made HQ my regular hangout spot, all the pop bands used to do all ages gigs there!

Favourite local releases for 2008?
Schvendes – sweet talk your enemies
Kill Devil Hills – hungry and down
Abbe may – howl and moan

Are you involved in the music scene besides going to gigs?
Yes, i play in two very different bands, one called institut polaire and one called jack on fire!

Which venues do you like and why?
i love the bakery, the rosemount was always close to home (although i’ve heard bad things recently?) but i think the hydey would have to take the cake – so many memories!

Who are your favourite local bands and why?
The kill devil hills are one of my favourite local bands – they’re amazing and they just keep getting better! the city watch are another awesome band that i discovered before i moved to melbourne. expect big things from those boys! some other favourites of mine include the leap year, the tigers, mongrel country, abbe may, felicity groom…. there’s too many – perth is full of exceptional bands.

What is the best gig you’ve ever seen?
i saw band of horses earlier this year in melbourne. they were fantastic – i had goosebumps for the whole set. although, my ultimate gig is coming up in january – neil young and my morning jacket… ask me this question again after that killer gig!

What do you drink at gigs and what brand?
I know it aint too classy but i really am a carlton draught girl…

Are there any new local bands you have discovered lately?
I haven’t checked out a lot of new Perth bands since i’ve moved away, but i guess i could mention the City Watch again… i’ve heard great things about Josh Fontaine’s new band – oh, and umpire!! i’ve never seen them play, but check out their myspace. They have some stunning songs.

Why support local original music?
because i think being from perth we are so lucky to have such a high standard of local music. in the last couple of years, perth has really discarded that image of being an indie pop specific town and there is such a broad spectrum of bands achieving different things. i don’t think i’ve ever been to a city where there is such a high ratio of good talent. it’s so important to support these people and to be involved, at least so that we can ensure we can maintain it!

You currently live in Melbourne. What do you miss about Perth?
i miss a lot of things about perth, but mainly the familiarity. there’s nothing like walking into the hydey after being away for a few months and having that feeling of being surrounded by people you know, bands you know, bar staff you know – and of course the barfly’s you know! it’s a comforting thing.

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!!!

Punter Profile: Brian Newnham

Punter Profile: Brian Newnham

When did you first start going to see local Perth bands?
First time was Dave Warners from the Suburbs in about 1988. Mid 80s was when I started getting into music to the point I was going to concerts. I’d seen INXS at The Floreat Hotel and then the next time at Subi Oval and then the next time they were headlining at Wembley Stadium.

Was a real thrill watching the progression from a pub band to the worlds biggest and decided that I would really love to get involved a bit more when I returned to Perth. I got really sucked into local music when I went to see TISM at Planet in about 94. They were supported but Cinema Prague and Circus Murders and both bands blew me away. I thought that if this was the level of our local bands, I had better start making an effort very glad I did.

Favourite local releases for 2008?
Abbe May and the Rockin Pneumonia’s ‘Howl and Groan’ is probably my favourite so far.

Are you involved in the music scene besides going to gigs?
I work for a local music based publication so if there are any bands out there who want to buy and ad, come see me.

Which venues do you like and why?
If they sell beer and you get to see some live music, I like it.

Who are your favourite local bands and why?
When I first started going on a regular basis, I was spoilt with most weekends being able to catch the likes of Spank, Circus Murders, Cinema Prague, Beaverloop etc… and that to me was the pinnacle. Sadly all those bands are now defunct and I really must let go of the past.

At the moment, its very hard to pinpoint any without adding on more but I’ll try – Abbe May and the Rockin’ Pneumonia, Bob Evans, Kill Devil Hills, Red Delicious, Mink Mussel Creek, Mile End, Jebediah, Eskimo Joe, John Butler Trio…I’ll just stop now. We’re very lucky to have so many great bands and it’s something that has been a constant for as long as I’ve known.

What is the best gig you’ve ever seen?
Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium was a special one for me. Not only was a tribute to the great man, but also seeing some of the biggest acts in the world in the one day at such a venue was something amazing.

Underworld at The White Sands in about 1988 was probably one of the best pub gigs I’ve been to here and locally, would be Hail Hail Hail at The Grosvenor (about 2000, I think). Wave Rock Weekender is something special and the best weekend away – music, good priced booze and the most relaxed atmosphere imaginable. Sadly (well also very happily), Grand Final commitment led me to miss out this year.

What do you drink at gigs?
I’ve become a crap drinker so a few beers at most would do me fine.

Are there any new local bands you have discovered lately?
No, because there are also other people watching them, so I can’t exactly claim to discover anyone. Having been lucky enough to see quite a few acts in this years Next Big Thing competition, a stand out for me was Tree. Her beautiful voice and ability to attract such strong attention with something so humble shows huge signs that she has something special.

Boys Boys Boys and their ability to project so much fun is fantastic. Great to see a band making their live performance more than just playing their songs and involving the audience to the point where all watching have big smiles on their faces.

Also why Project Mayhem were well deserved winners – they don’t just rely on good music – it’s the live show as well that makes them above so many other bands out there.

Why support local original music? Why not cover bands?
Do what you want. I believe one of the biggest poisons in the music scenes is this ridiculous local vs cover bands bullshit. Shouldn’t be compared. It’s like being anti-Vietnamese food because you like Italian. Some people just don’t like to try something new and if you try to drag them along to a great new local original band, they’re likely to not appreciate it. We don’t want those type coming to our gigs anyway and they’re better off going to see bands with no originality they can get pissed and pull chicks with. That’s not looking down on those who attend cover-bands, its some people like different things to others.

So, support local music because you like the bands or you like the people or whatever other reason you want to support it. But just don’t make that a reason to be some sort of musical snob that makes you better because you support local music. Most people I know with that attitude talk all the way through bands they claim to like anyway.

We all like to be part of a scene for whatever reason that makes us comfortable. As long as it makes you feel good, that’s all that matters.

Punter Profile: Craig Harman

Punter Profile – Craig Harman

When did you first start going to see local Perth bands?
1995 – At the UWA Refectory (Six Mile High, Header and Jebediah)

Favourite local releases for 2007?
How I learnt to Stop Worrying – Red Jezebel

Are you involved in the music scene besides going to gigs?
Probably more involved behind the scenes than a punter nowadays. I run a business called entertainment I.T. and we design websites for a lot of local bands including Bob Evans, Jebediah, The Rosemount Hotel etc. (www.entertainmentit.com). I also manage and maintain perthbands.com

Which venues do you like and why?
The rosemount is still my favourite, seen some great shows there.

Who are your favourite local bands and why?
The new Red Jez album is awesome.
And I was recently surprised by the Friends of Rico EP – very cool.

What is the best gig you’ve ever seen?
Weezer in Vancouver BC
Death Cab for Cutie @ Metros Freo

What do you drink at gigs?

Are there any new local bands you have discovered lately?
Friends of Rico!

Why support local original music? Why not cover bands?
I prefer the originality.

Punter Profile: Dylan McArdle

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.

Punter Profile: Benny Mayhem

Punter Profile – Benny Mayhem

When did you first start going to see local Perth bands?
The first local Perth band I saw, and remember, was Murphy’s Law, featuring Chris and Courtney Murphy, circa 1994. I saw these guys in Albany, then at the Raffles, and then bumped into them again on New Years Eve 1996/97. They’re a cover band, of course, so perhaps they don’t count.

Later on, there were some Beaverloop encounters, and Bordello and Turnstyle, but I didn’t hit the ground running until about 2000. I was quickly drawn to Hydey punk gigs because the music was better, and the people had more fun and were less self-important… or were self-important in a more entertaining way, perhaps…

Favourite local releases for 2006?
Well personally it was good to be able to put the Painkillers’ CD out, and The Homicides, they both did a very good job and I was glad my label [Blazing Strumpet Records] was involved. To be honest I haven’t bought that many local CDs this year—I’m constantly seeing bands live, and CDs don’t always do that justice, so it’s not the hugest priority for me.

The Unfair Dismissal demo had a great song on it—“Nine To Five”—and I gave the Battletruk / Pillar Of Hope split EP a spin recently and enjoyed it, especially the Battletruk stuff. Chainsaw Hookers demo has a great song too, “Nazi Warewolf Attack”. I also picked up Extortion’s first CD. Anything that’s recorded by Al Smith at Bergerk! Studios seems to come out sounding fresh and energetic.

Are you involved in the music scene besides going to gigs?
Yeah man. Organising shows, putting out records, playing in two bands (occasionally with other projects on the side), and recently I’ve been doing a bit of spruiking as MC Bender. Good times. I’ve also been known to do the CDDJ thing… plus I like writing sometimes—I used to have an online zine but it was too esoteric or something.

Which venues do you like and why?
The Hyde Park Hotel because it feels like home, and like a party—stages and full PAs are really quite unnecessary. The Castle on a good night can be fantastic—it depends on who is promoting, playing, and attending. Mojo’s though is my find of the year—no tap beer but enjoyable surroundings—it’s one of the only venues left where you can smoke, drink, and play pool all at once.

Who are your favourite local bands and why?
The Homicides—like I said in Project Mayhem’s recent Drum interview, they’re just such a phenomenon that brought all these extremely entertaining people together and gave us something in common. Catchy hooks, raw as fuck, extreme personalities, they’re the real deal. They define “punk rock” without tying themselves too much to it.

Also, going back a bit, Jed Whitey—they used to put on the most awesome live shows. Loud, fast, overtly wanky rock moves—presented with more than a touch of parody for guaranteed good times. Fourstroke were great too—a bit more mature, perhaps, or at least more intricate in the stoner rock vein. These two were certainly the best rock’n’roll bands in town at the time (circa 2000/2001).

What is the best gig you’ve ever seen?
The Hard-Ons’ 21st anniversary re-union tour last year at Amplifier. Just an amazing night, I was off my head!

Three Orange Whips’ last show, again at Amplifier. I think this was 2002. Shirts off!
Motorhead at Claremont Showgrounds last year.

Six Ft Hick Sunday show at the Hydey in 2001. It was one of my first Hydey gigs and they were just so damn entertaining—they got down to their boxers and one of them was lying on the bar pouring tomato sauce all over himself.

What do you drink at gigs?
Primarily beer, or bourbon and coke, but I’ve been known to dabble in vodka and Red Bull, sambucca, tequila, and champagne.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on stage?
I have no idea. The Magoos always used to make me laugh because they were Indonesian Muslims singing quite unashamedly about killing us all. It was absurd. Mike Van Es (The Crackers) was always extremely entertaining—one of those fiercely intelligent drunks who found a good deal of righteousness in the concept of fucking oneself up. A total bohemian… like Winston Churchill, or one of those poets from years ago… Luke Marinovich from Jed Whitey used to get up to all kinds of rock star hijinks including stealing people’s beer and spraying it all over everybody. Chris Brown from Amputee Porn Stars gave me an amusing three months as well.

Are there any new local bands you have discovered lately?
Bands that have impressed me this year include:

Surprise Sex Attack—80’s punk traditionalists who have taken bits from here and there to create a fresh sound in an old style.

Battletruk—when a band features the best members of Negative Reply and PC Thug, plus guys from Miles Away etc.; you know you’re in for some ripping hardcore.

Unfair Dismissal—I hear a rumour that they have called it a day, but these guys mix skate punk with enough aggression and theatrics to blow any competition off the stage.

Fear Of Comedy—they’re a whole new take on the whole post-punk/proto-goth thing, as if The Damned were being covered by Elvis Presley tripping hard on LSD while he was watching some 50’s B Grade horror flick. Leith’s an extremely entertaining and committed frontman, with an unbelievable set of pipes on him. He blows me away.

Additionally… I try to keep my finger on the pulse of what’s happening at a grass-roots level. There have been some cool bands playing at the 20 Minutes Of Fame, which I’ve been judging recently. There’s loads of crap of course, but it’s nice to find someone genuinely impressive such as The Trevallys.

Also I’m really impressed with the way Sex Panther have taken off recently, they’re focussed but they’re still having a really good time. Slim Pickins impressed me too with some pretty damn good rock’n’roll, I haven’t seen them for a few months though. Also how’s OkiOki? They play Nintendo music! Fantastic.

Why support local original music? Why not cover bands?
I think the main reason behind both the “support local music” and “support local original music” mantras is the idea that people should look outside the square, and that what is popular is not necessarily the best music around. Too many people look to the US, UK, or even Melbourne to provide them with entertainment; but the truth is that there are many great bands here in our own backyard. However, the idea that all Perth bands are somehow inherently better or worthy of support just because they are local is retarded—it is the excuse that sub-par soft-metal bands use to justify their mediocore existence.

Likewise, cover bands are just regurgitating the same old crap. I understand why those guys do it—to make a living out of music—but personally I’d prefer to have to do my day job to pay the bills and keep my rock’n’roll fun—and do things my way. I don’t see anything inherently wrong with covers so long as the band believe in the songs, and are doing what they want to, not just going through the motions for the sake of the publican.

Punter Profile: Chaircat

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.