Photo: Bleddyn Butcher
How Punk, The Runaways and Aussie suburban life all contributed to a classic song about being homesick in Europe.
Mention Dave Warner and most people think of his biggest hit, Suburban Boy – a perfectly authentic slice of late-‘70s suburban Australian life which climbed to #31 in the ARIA charts, spending fourteen weeks in total in the Top 100 singles chart from 13th November, 1978.
From the outside, Ruby May is the epitome of success in her chosen fields, songwriter, performer, artist manager and promoter. Scratch the surface a little and you find that, as a person who has experienced significant trauma and the mental health issues that go along with those, May defines success differently to many of us.
“In the last few years, my life has seen really dramatic change,” she explains. “I don’t compare myself to other people now. I’m learning that even to be able to breathe is a miracle in itself.”
Elk Bell, AKA Tenille Elkins, has just released her second album, Republica d’fantAsia. She took time for a chat with ATS earlier this week.
It’s been six years since the release of your debut album, Superfragilistic. With that in mind what did you want to convey on Republica d’fantAsia?
Perth musician, Hugh Jennings, has played in esteemed bands such as Burnside, Autopilot and End of Fashion, as well as being a session player for Eskimo Joe, Bob Evans and others. He’s just released his debut solo album, Hound, and chats to ATS about how he got to this point at last.
If memory serves, a Facebook group was once started in order to convince you to record a solo album. Was the support and insistence of friends and musos that you do this over the years a catalyst for getting it done?