Mark Hough, AKA Buster Stiggs, passed away on Sunday at the age of 63, following a long battle with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow.
Buster was a force in New Zealand music over the years, forming a band called After Hours with a teenage Neil Finn in 1976, before drumming in influential punk outfit, Suburban Reptiles. In 1979 he formed The Swingers with Phil Judd and Bones Hillman, going on to co-write the Trans-Tasman #1 hit, Counting The Beat.
“Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne were one of Bob’s favourite places to tour, England wasn’t really the place to put us on the map, it was right here in Australia. When we came out here, there were like thousands and thousands of people so we greatly appreciate you coming down then, and for supporting us still.” – Al Anderson
Pic: Big Splash winners are grinners. Courtesy of Big Splash photographers George, Rachael, Amber and Nick
The Big Bash is here for cricket-lovers but the Big Splash Festival is here for Perth music-lovers at Badlands on Saturday, bringing with it the momentum of the much-beloved band competition that kickstarted a whole bunch of WA bands from 2013-2016 before taking a break this year.
Clearly, the spirit, is alive and well.
Photo: Sunday Peach
Third time lucky. That's what ever-positive Fremantle-based singer songwriter Rose Parker reckons.
Parker has just released her debut solo album. It's been a long time coming and there were at least two previous attempts to record what would become Under The Same Sun.
“I went into the studio and got started and then for various reasons like hard drives getting dropped and people losing everything...,” she laughs before continuing, “there were a number of disasters that occurred.”
Perth’s own preachers of the filthiest of rock’n’roll sermons, The Bible Bashers, have risen from the grave to launch a sonic assault with a new EP, Rise Hard, a whirlwind debauched tour of the Eastern seaboard and recent performances at the all-hotrod, all-tattoo, all-punked-up West Coast Lowdown Festival.
Rock’n’roll preacher and master of disaster, Laith Tierney, is dodging missiles from his bandmates in a seedy motel room somewhere in Newcastle on his “broke-ass punk band on the road” tour, but still insists, “that’s the way to do it.