Pic: Bob Gordon
James Knox of J.F.K on reaching the Gozzy Rock Grand Final:
“We had an awesome time at the heat – it was so much fun. Band comps are always a bit of a stressful environment, but the Gozzy Rock team were super nice and so easy to work with and it was such an amazing venue to play at which made the whole experience really positive. We were so stoked to have made the finals and we’re super excited to get up on stage and do our thing again this Sunday – we’re up against some really talented bands so it’s going to be an awesome event.”
James Bradly of Choking Stanley on reaching the Gozzy Rock Grand Final:
“Gozzy Rock has been great so far. All the stage crew were really helpful and professional, and we were so pleased to get into the final. We're all really looking forward to it, and can only hope for the best.”
If the delightfully named Choking Stanley look like they’re having a good time up on stage – and they do – there’s a damn good reason for that.
Hayden Atterton of Hibiscus on reaching the Gozzy Rock Grand Final:
“I think my mum was the most excited really, she actually knew before I did. In the classic mum fashion, she was waiting online so she could give me the good news since I was at work (laughs). We are stoked to be in the finals, just to be put in a category with great bands like Choking Stanley and J.F.K feels really reassuring that we’re heading in the right direction. Win, lose or draw this weekend we are just thrilled to be a part of it.”
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.