Recently, your correspondent has moved house. The Shire of Fremantle had been calling me for the longest time.


    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.


    Photo Gallery: Bells Rapids, Feels, Abbe May

    A new report from the University of Sydney, Skipping a Beat, has been released, assessing the state of gender equality in the Australian music industry. Coming as no surprise, the results aren’t flattering.

  • PUNK HITS ‘77

    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’.

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