Punter Profile: Mongoloid Dave

Punter Profile: Mongoloid Dave

This month we emailed a guy named Dave our punter profile questions. Dave is most known to music scene around Perth for making dvds, in particularly jed whitey. He has also contributed to the three orange whips dvd and has a webssite www.mongoloiddave.com, which has rare videos and mp3s as well a gig tracker where he records every gig he goes to.

Dave seems to be a jed whitey fanatic. In fact he mentioned them in nearly every bloody question!

When did you first start going to see local perth bands?

Strangely enough, I started going to see Perth bands when I was living in Esperance! As part of the 1998 WAMIs Red Jezebel visited the town and played an all ages gig, and the next year the Three Orange Whips came and played a very memorable show in my high school gymnasium during lunchtime. The band swore lots in front of the school kids and Dan Durack went wild with his funky dancing.

When I finished High School at the end of 2000 I started flying to Perth on the weekends to play cricket in the WACA competition. While I was up here I started going to see a few all ages gigs. A particularly memorable one was a Jebediah/Magic Dirt/Sleepy Jackson show at the Grosvenor backroom. All of the bands were fantastic and I came out drenched in sweat from being in the massive Jebs mosh pit.

When I finally moved to Perth in about March 2001 I scored myself a fake ID and started going along to licensed gigs. My first one was Magic Dirt / Six Ft Hick / Jed Whitey at the Grosvenor backroom. The show was amazing and all of the bands blew me away. Myself and my best friend Duceman liked Jed Whitey so much that we started going to their shows regularly, and in the process we were introduced to a plethora of Perth bands – from Team Jedi and The Fergusons to the M16s and Subtruck!

Do you buy many local cds?

I buy quite a few and I’ve recently started scoring some for free as well. One thing I’ve noticed over the last few years is that the quality of local CDs has really shot up. When I first started listening to local CDs the production on them was often pretty sub-standard. The CDs sounded like demos rather than professional recordings. Nowadays most local CDs sound brilliant. Red Jezebel, Capital City and Subtruck are a few bands that have put out world-class sounding CDs in the last year or two.

Are you involved in the music scene besides going to gigs?

I’m not employed in a professional capacity – I don’t manage bands or anything like that. However I am somewhat notorious for making home videos, DVDs and internet movies about Perth bands. A few bands such as Jed Whitey and the Three Orange Whips have ended up using some of my footage on their official releases.

I also have a website that I originally created to house videos of Perth bands. The URL of the site is http://www.mongoliddave.com I have been redesigning the site over the last few months and soon I will re launch it. The new site will feature lots of rare articles, videos, mp3s and memorabilia of Perth bands.

I can’t see myself getting more involved in the “music scene” than this, because I am a very organised person and I find most people in the Perth music scene to be extremely disorganised, and dealing with them drives me crazy.

Which venues do you like and why?

The Rosemount, Amplifier and Hydey are my favourites, because they are the closest ones to my house and I have seen lots of good gigs at those venues. The Hydey sucks if it’s packed and you’re not in the front couple of rows as you can’t see anything. However if you are in the front row and there’s an awesome rock show on it’s amazing.

Who are you favourite local bands and why?

A lot of my favourite local bands have either split up or moved over East! These include Jed Whitey, Three Orange Whips, Autopilot, Fourstroke, Capital City, Turnstyle, Ammonia, Cartman, Beaverloop, Klippspringer, The Fergusons and Chris Fuller’s bands (Anodyne 500 / Ikey Mo).

Of the current crop of Perth bands my favourites are easily The Fuzz and Subtruck. I also quite like the Volcanics, or at least I did like them until their singer whacked me over the head with his mic stand at the last gig of theirs that I went to. As a result I’m feeling a bit indifferent towards The Volcanics at the moment.

What is the best gig you’ve ever seen?

My best gig *ever* was Rammstein at the Big Day Out in 2001. Their stage show and pyrotechnics were unbelievable, and their music was cranking.

As for local gigs it’s hard to pick only one. I’d probably go for one of Jed Whitey’s gigs at the Hydey. Their farewell show when they dressed up as Norwegian black metal dudes was pretty fucking good.

What do you drink at gigs?

Beer. Generally Tooheys New. I hate bottled beer at gigs, and I am not fond of venues charging punters for water either.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on stage?

Most of the funny things I’ve seen on stage have involved either Jed Whitey or Sam Scherr from Capital City. I vaguely remember Sam playing a gig with one of his testicles accidentally exposed to the crowd which was very amusing. Jed Whitey at the 2003 WAMIs at the Rosemount were very funny.

There were some indie kids sitting on the ground in front of JW while they were playing. This may be ok for indie kids at indie gigs, but JW are a rock band and sitting on the ground in front of them while they’re pulling Spinal Tap-esque moves is not on. After endlessly ridiculing the indie kids and demanding that they stand up (to no avail), Luke Mk1 from JW went and a stole full jug of beer off the indie kids and also snatched a diary off one of them.

Luke then started reading the diary to the crowd, pulling the piss out of its author the whole time. Also, being a WAMI gig the whole point of it was to promote WA music. However throughout their set JW urged punters to leave and go and support Victorian music at the Amplifier Bar, where later that night Jed Whitey were playing with the Casanovas.

Another funny show I recall was a Sex at Gunpoint gig at the Hydey. Some rowdy indigenous members of the crowd stormed the “stage” mid set and stole the singer’s microphone. They refused to give it back until they’d been allowed to sing a number of songs with the band. At the same gig the singer from Sex at Gunpoint leapt behind the Hydey bar mid-song and started drinking beer out of the tap!

Are there any new local bands you have discovered lately?

A couple of bands to look out for are Insidium, who are an interesting, vaguely stoner rock band, and Chaos Divine who are a brutal metal band. Oh, and stay away from the Freudian Slips because they’re fucken boring. I’ve also recently discovered ZX Specky’s new CDs, “Pseudo-Intellectual Pop For Retards” and “Pass the Coopers / Pass the Goon” and they’re both really good.


Punter Profile: Gavin Criddle

Punter Profile: Gavin Criddle

When did you first start going to see local perth bands?
The first local gig I saw was an all ages gig at the Grosvenor Backroom, in
about 1994 – I think it was called Club Original then – or MX or something – it changed names quite a bit then – SFD, Rothgar, Ash and Moth were playing I think?

Anyhow, I saw a few more metal gigs around that time featuring acts such as Allegiance and SFD and being the angry young man that I was, got quite hooked on this local music stuff. so much that I didn’t actually see another gig for about a year or so.

I started the serious abuse of my eardrums and liver in 1995 – once again returning to
the fine establishment that is the Grosvenor Hotel, and later venturing onto venues such as the Ozone Bar and the Hyde Park Hotel and the like. From then on, it’s been a blurry bit of fun – I’m sure it’s all been fun, and not once have I been a drunk, irritating arsehole to some poor
random punter/band.

Do you buy many local cds?
Why yes, the local cd section is the first bit that gets attacked when I
visit the music store. ‘Tis my goal to one day own all the local stuff in
the cd section at 78s – I’m getting there gradually. Last I picked up was
the found:quantity of sheep dvd/cd.

Are you involved in the music scene besides going to gigs?
Erm – not really, I’m pretty much a punter – it’s easier to go to a gig and
enjoy it than to worry about what’s going on. I have recorded some live
gigs and have done some reviewing for a larf but I find that I concentrate
too much on the task instead of just relaxing and taking in the show so I
don’t do that too often. I’ve helped a couple of bands with their websites
and enquiries about the wonderful world of information technology, which
I’m always happy to do – giving something back to the community and all that.

Which venues do you like and why?
If you asked me a few years back, I’d say the Grosvenor Hotel – far too many happy memories from that place – or flashbacks at least. Such a lovely vibe and variety of shows and they kept letting me back in, which is great.

These days.. I do like the Rosemount or the Swan Basement – due to the relaxed vibe there – nice and cosy – though it can be fun being up close and personal with everyone at the Hydey – not a big fan of the Amplifier due to the rock hard floor which gets uncomfortable on the feet –
I find you need several ales so you can’t feel your legs and all is well.

I also don’t mind the Fly By Night Club, plenty of space for everyone and I find the volume of the PA is quite often good on the tinnitus. Oh, and if you’re in Bunbury, you’ve gotta catch a gig at the Prince of Wales and make sure you get a room so you can entertain the fellow guests with your drunken anecdotes til all hours of the morning – they’ll love your witty banter and loud obnoxious voice!

Who are you favourite local bands and why?
Fuck eh – erm I like a lot of you – you’re like family! But seriously, I do dig the lads and ladies in Josivac – I’m a big fan of female vocals so two of them is a good thing – just some damn good songs that I’ll almost dance to.

Fourth Floor Collapse have gone to the big smoke now but I reckon Mike Miller has an awesome voice and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a show that the boys didn’t put all their effort and enthusiasm into it, whether it’s me watching or 1000 others and me.

Sadly, a lot of bands I loved have died – Prickle, Proof, Closet Panic Sniveller, Swapmeat, Three
Orange Whips, Dirty Whittler, T-Cells, Epicine, Jessie Rider (i think? say it ain’t so!) and so on – cheers for the memories, lads and ladies!

PS Glenn Musto writes the best drunk singalong songs – they just go so well with beer!

What do you drink at gigs?
Beer is one of the five food groups as far as I’m concerned – Carlton Draught gives me happy flashbacks of vomitting in Melbourne so I tend to stick with that – but I’ll have whatever you’re having really – unless Swan Gold comes back from the dead, in which case, make mine a Jacks and Dry – the perfect way to sober up after a dozen or so beers – it makes me feel like Tom Waits, except without the talent.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on stage?
Hmm – I was most amused the time that Epicine were playing at the Hydey and Gulio decided to walk along the bar whilst singing to us all, without missing a beat – nice work, son! I find the barflys at the Hydey are also most excellent for providing a larf – god bless you key lady!

Are there any new local bands you have discovered lately?
I hadn’t seen 11th he reaches london until the pines – I liked their variety of noise – and I saw Mochief for the first time the other day – I dig the frontman’s vocal style and use of effects pedals. Tomas Ford is an entertaining chap. Otherwise, I can’t think of any newies. If you’re a
newie, feel free to tell me to come to your gig, I’d love to.

Punter Profile – WastinTime

When did you first start going to see local perth bands?
Many a year ago, i used to go watch all the metal bands at the Grosvenor (Allegiance,Rawkus, SFD, infected etc)

Do you buy many local cds?
Yeah if a band i like releases a CD i’ll buy it for sure, occasionally i’ll buy one just on word of mouth

Are you involved in the music scene besides going to gigs?
No, just a very keen punter, sometimes groupie.

Which venues do you like and why?
I like the hydey because the people are ‘real’ no one cares what you wear,look like, how you behave etc, it has cheap beer, and no idiot security and its free. I also like the Amps as its a cool place to hang out and meet friends, thats pretty much it

Who are you favourite local bands and why?
This could be a long one, i’ll try for the condensed version:

Homicides because theyre fucken funny and entertaining to watch plus i love the music,.

The volcanics – they just have great rock songs and John’s a great frontman and singer.

Kill devil hills – cause the mix blues,folk and country all together in a dark brew….just love the music and seing what instrument they’ll add to the lineup next.

M16s – gotta love a man who can play guitar like Kenny,definately underated (as are all perth bands) .

Schvendes – love Racheals voice and again the dark lyrics and mood,

New invincibles – just fantastic live great garagey surfy songs (thats a really bad description)

Also used to really like looweeze de’ath but it seems she’s disappeared?? Very funny girl with great acoustic songs. Ok thats the condensed version.

What do you drink at gigs?
Beer, anything else is too damn expensive (but then again so is beer at the Amps).

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on stage?
Everytime i see the Homicides it cracks me up, love them, oh and there was a nude guy on stage at the last mach pelican gig, that was pretty funny

Are there any new local bands you have discovered lately?
The ‘newest’ is probably at least 6 months ago when i came across Soviet Valves, oh no i lie, i discovered Schvendes about 3 months ago, but theyre not really new

Punter Profile – Racquel

When did you first start going to see local perth bands?

I was 15 or 16 years old.

Do you buy many local cds?

Every week I purchase 3-4 cds to add to my collection and at least one of those is bound to be a local cd, whether it’s a recent release or an oldie.

Are you involved in the music scene besides going to gigs?

I do a few things in the music industry. For starters I manage a band called New Rules For Boats. I’m also a presenter for Base.tv which is a music show aired on Access 31. Finally, I work for a music website called perthbands.com.

Which venues do you like and why?

I love The Rosemount and Amplifier. They are just so supportive of original bands in general, irrespective of whether they are based locally or nationally. The atmosphere at both venues is amazing and it’s great having a place to go to late at night when i’m in the mood to just chill out or dance, without having to deal with a typical northbridge crowd.

Who are your favourite local bands and why?

There are so many fantastic bands in Perth. My taste in music is quite diverse but if I had to provide a reason for choosing the following bands as my favourites it’d be due to the fact that they are all fearless on stage. They’re just great musicians who are having fun doing it their way, without any pretense. The list – Astronaut, The Panda Band, The Bank Holidays, Snowman, Kill Devil Hills, The Sleepy Jackson.

What do you drink at gigs?

If i’m driving then i’ll drink lemonade and grenadine, otherwise it’s whisky and coke.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on stage?

Something funny always happens at Dyslexic Fish gigs. They just make me smile. Their set at Perthbands.com’s Shagroom Show was a corker, with their lead singer, Glenn, getting two girls to make out and lots of sexy dancing onstage.

Are there any new local bands you have discovered lately?

I’m really digging The Silents.

Punter Profile: Kelly Armstrong

When did you first start going to see local perth bands?
I went to my first gig with local bands in 1999 when i was 14. Eskimo joe were supporting the living end. but i didn’t start going regularly til 2001 after seeing bands like the Fergusons, Klippspringer and Fourth Floor Collapse.

Do you buy many local cds?
I used to pretty much only buy local cds. and i still buy quite a few.

Are you involved in the music scene besides going to gigs?
I organise all ages gigs for The Vault as well as ‘Yac It Up’. I’ve also started a photography business with a fellow music photographer.http://mojo-rock@cjb.net

Which venues do you like and why?
Amplifier’s my favorite. from a punter’s point of view, it’s just a greatroom with usually a great vibe with the convenience of a beer garden. From a photographer’s point of view, the lights are killer.and i like the hydie because there’s no stage.

Who are you favourite local bands and why?
Eskimo joe have been my favorite band for almost seven years, and they pretty much got me into local music. They’re like an old faithful dog now. I also dig the fergusons [rip], grand central, gyroscope, the nordeens, snowman, the bank holidays, the avenues… and all for different reasons.

What do you drink at gigs?
Generally beer. carlton draught, becks.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on stage?
When you generally see pretentious rock bands, nothing funny happens.

Are there any new local bands you have discovered lately?
Columbia are going to be brilliant!

Interview by Leo Abbs

Punter Profile: Duceman

This is the first in the series of Punter Profiles where we interview gig goers.

First up, we talked to Liam Ducey, better known as Duceman. Known to some internet users as that guy from perthbands.com, it turns out he does more than just post on message boards. Whether it be be music journalism, starring in documentaries or being a mad supporter of certain Perth bands, he’s one guy who loves music. Here’s what Duceman had to say.

When did you first start going to see local Perth bands?
Shit Leo, hit me with the hard questions first up. I guess it would have been when I came up to Uni when I was 17. Before that i’d seen Red Jezebel at Esperance Arts Centre when I was 15, and i’d seen Three Orange Whips play ESHS gym when I was in year 12, but local shows…one of the first shows I went to was Jed Whitey, Six Foot Hick and Magic Dirt.

I hadn’t heard of the two bands before MD, but they knocked the fuck out of me. After that, Dave and I started hitting up Bordello, before we realised they were utter shit, Autopilot, Jed Whitey etc etc etc.

Are you involved in the music scene besides going to gigs?
Yeah, i’m one of those vague music journalist types. I’d like to think i’m reasonably good, but that’s probably the metholated spirits talking. I mainly write for Grok, although recently i’ve hooked up with Rockus, run by that wonderful Steph Edwardes character. Oh yeah, and i’ve also been published in Maximum Rock and Roll. How’s that for credibility!

Do you buy many local cds?
Well, i’m in the fortunate position of doing review for Grok and Rockus, and in that sense I pretty well keep myself covered. I think the last local CD I bought was Capital City vs The Bangkok Ladyboys, and the last local CD I received was Zxspecky – Zeph Likes It, which I can thoroughly recommend.

Which venues do you like and why?
Well, every venue has it’s own appeal, y’know?

I love the Amplifier because the sound is generally amazing, and I like to stay up all night drinking with the various other miscreants that generally inhabit the place.

I like the Rosemount because I have wonderful carpark drinking memories, and I like being able to jet out to the beergarden after watching a band, the whole inside/outside deal is nice, although I wish they’d get rid of the horrible doof doof in the beer garden.

I like the Hydey because it’s horrible and seedy, the floor is sticky and if you can see the band they’re inevitably about two feet from your face which I think is great.

That’s the main three. Newport deserves an honourable mention, but it’s in Freo so it can get fucked.

What are you favourite local bands and why?
My Jed Whitey fandom knows no bounds. Look out for the JW/Giants Of Science Tour Doco being released on Mongoloid Dave Home Video soon kids, with sort-of narration by me.

I’ll just list the others, because if I have to explain each one it’ll take weeks. The Volcanics, The Fuzz, Standard Deviants, Eleventh He Reaches London, Capital City/The Sam Scherr Jew Explosion, Red Jezebel, Subtruck, Antistatic and any band Russ is in provided he doesn’t speak.

What do you drink at gigs?
I’ll drink anything that’s wet, provided it has some form of alcohol content. Mainly beer or beam and coke, but I have been known to swap cigarettes for glasses of a cunningly concealed goon bag.[quote]

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on stage?
I didn’t see it personally but i’ve seen video footage, and clearly the funniest thing i’ve seen on stage was Jed Whitey playing in Dunsborough. Debacle is the word that springs to mind, it’s hilarious. Try telling Jed Whitey to turn down and see what happens.

Oh, and the first time I saw the Local Pricks I thought their antics were hilarious, although it lost most, well all of it’s charm the next seventy times I saw ’em.

Are there any new local bands you have discovered lately?
Yeah, Cobra Clutch are great. Fast, loud and tough. Eleventh aren’t that new but this year they’ve been kicking heads and taking names, they should hurry up and release an album or something.

I remember seeing the Volcanics aaaaages ago at the JW Black Metal Extravaganza and not really paying any attention, but this year they were one of the bands you had to take notice of. They just show you how important a charismatic frontman is to a good rocknroll show. They also demonstrate the importance of the scarf to rocknroll. Apparently they’re just around to warm the necks of skinny indie nerds.