While on tour in Australia recently, multi-award-winning Ugandan artist, Jose Mayanja, aka Jose Chameleone - commonly known as The Doctor - dropped a new video for his Afrobeat track, Mshamba, recently released via his Leone Island Music Empire label.
Singing in a mix of Swahili and English, the beautiful sounds and melody have the potential to take you away on a journey, even without understanding the words.
Pic: Sebastian Photography
There are a great many things that separate community radio stations from their commercial FM counterparts. And within that there’s a great many factors that make Perth’s RTRFM 92.1 an entity all its own.
But RTRFM’s essence can, for these purposes anyway, be broken down into three words.
Joe from Midland.
Usurper of Modern Medicine have released an Augmented Reality App for their new album, Everything is Nothing. Designed by UOMM vocalist/bassist, Steven Aaron Hughes, in collaboration with Perth surrealist painter Liam Dee and coder Steve Berrick, "the vinyl and accompanying AR App turns Everything is Nothing into an interactive experience, rendering the album artwork in dynamic 3D," and is available on iOS and Android.
Photo: JD Photography
As bassist for Punchbowl alt-legends Hard-Ons, Ray Ahn forged a joint career as a member of the uncompromising punk band and the artist behind most of their album covers and gig posters.
Ahn juggles a record store day-job with his various creative pursuits. Starman Books, based right here in Perth, has just released a compendium of some 750 pieces of Ahn’s art in the suitably titled The Art Of Ray Ahn hardcover book.
Photo: Dan Grant
Continuing their rise from the suburbs, Verge Collection kicked off a national tour last week in support of their newly released single, For The Story, covering Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Appropriately enough, new stories have already been created.
“It's been amazing,” says vocalist/guitarist, Ben Arnold. “We were just shocked so many people on the East Coast gave a shit and we were able to sell out the shows.
Perth’s unassuming guitar virtuoso, Errol H. Tout, has returned with a new release entitled Luminous, an album in three parts and many more layers within.
Tout’s last release, 2013’s The Post Tumour Humour Album, was conceived and recorded in the midst of - and about – his 2012 diagnosis with cancer and the ongoing battle. As such, the thinking process as to the orientation and focus of what was to become a new album turned out to be an interesting one indeed.
When Lance Ferguson, the acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist and bandleader of Melbourne soul powerhouse, The Bamboos, decided to venture out under his own moniker, it was always going to be a solo album with a difference.
And so it is. Raw Material saw him write and record 12 new songs, six which were then sent out to Ferguson’s favourite producers to create a new work, the other half being reworked by the man himself.
1970’s Perth band The Victims were pioneers of punk music not only here but nationally and eventually around the world. Original members Dave Faulkner and James Baker are once again teaming up with Hard-Ons bassist, Ray Ahn, for some hometown shows.
In 1975 through ’76 Perth drummer James Baker went overseas on a trip that took him to London and New York.