Pic: J-F-Foto

    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.


    There have been few Australian bands to embrace primal chaos as enthusiastically as X, formed by singer (and later guitarist) Steve Lucas and the late ex-Rose Tattoo bassist Ian Rilen in 1977.

    With a new ‘Best Of’ compilation under his arm, Lucas has assembled a new line-up of X, and returns to Western Australia for the first time since the band imploded on-stage in Fremantle supporting The Ramones in the late ‘80s.


    Photo: J'aime Fazackerley Photography

    Hot on the heels of the release of their second album High Visceral {Part 2}, ATS catches up with singer/guitarist/songwriter, Jack McEwan, to delve into the trippy world of the hilariously-but-awkwardly named Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – starting with the name itself.


    Despite the excitement surrounding the release of her debut album, Low Blows, Meg Mac cuts a relaxed figure as she ponders her career thus far on a sunny Friday afternoon at Perth’s Brisbane Hotel.

    “You’re always trying to make a moment, I guess. Whether it’s for someone else or for yourself."

  • The Rooster Years

    Pic: James Croucher

    The combination of Charlie Owen, Don Walker and Tex Perkins as the commanding trio known as Tex, Don & Charlie was an unexpected and immersive surprise when they released and toured 1993’s Sad But True album.


    There’s several points along the way in Meal Tickets, Mat De Koning's award-winning documentary which follows the punk rock journey of the Screwtop Detonators, their inept-roadie-cum-aspiring-rock-star Will Stoker, lothario manager Dave Kavanagh and multiple others, where someone either off-camera or on, mutters something along the lines of, ‘oh, so you’ve brought your camera then, Mat?’


    John Phatorous has been at this for decades. He has not wavered. His love of rock’n’roll speaks to the truest sense of that ‘Mission From God’ - meaningful and occasionally meaningless and both of equal importance.

    “Rock’n’roll is its own gift,” he says. “If you love it. Like many things in life.”

    Phatorous’ softly-spoken and gentle nature is belied by an onstage presence that says, assuredly, ‘We mean business here. And if you do not, then I mean enough business for the both of us’.


    Pete Murray is feeling the pressure. Not to see if his brand-new album, Camacho, can match the success of previous releases – four top 10 albums, three of them reaching number one - but simply to see if an album into which he has invested so much of his time and energy will find an audience. 

    And he doesn't just want an audience for 2017, he is hoping Camacho will be still be being played and enjoyed in 50 years.


    Pic: Linda Dunjey

    Around The Sound and WAM - Celebration of the WA Music Industry

    Gate One Theatre, Claremont Showgrounds

    Saturday, June 10, 2017

    Richard Gerver is a formidable, yet utterly friendly presence. That’s what makes him one of the world’s best public speakers in a career that sees him travelling the world consulting different industries on what is perhaps the most pertinent topic in business and life in 2017 – coping with change.


    Internationally renowned author and speaker, Richard Gerver, presents 'Minding Your Own Business - How To Be Successful In Today’s Changing Music Industry' at Gate One Theatre, Claremont Showgrounds, on Saturday, June 10, presented by Around The Sound and WAM.

    The bridge between art and commerce has always been a difficult one to negotiate for many musicians – that’s why they have managers.

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