After carving a prominent place in an unusual but starkly interesting corner of the music world between the years of 1989 and 1998 Cinema Prague went very, very quiet. CP played thousands of gigs throughout Australia and other parts of Europe, South Africa and the UK during the day of hey.
Don't ask about the album names, the only person ever known to have correctly pronounced the world Zasph!, him being a Spanish customs officer who thought they were bringing contraband into the country. I guess he really got the hang of that upside down question mark.
The current line up includes a new Bass monster -name of Roy Martinez - while original bassist Rex 'Hossi' Horan is currently busy battling floods in the UK and so will be unavailable in the foreseeable future. CP welcomes all Prague fans, all members of the 'Moo Moo', new and old to join us once again.www.cinemaprague.com www.myspace.com/cinemaprague
The Dugites formed in Perth in 1978 and went on to record three critically acclaimed albums in the early 80s. The Dugites combined elements of power pop, new wave and electronica; producing songs with killer melodies, loads of hooks and a smattering of politics. Backed by hit singles - 'In Your Car', 'Juno and Me', and many more - they were on the radio, Countdown, and concert stages around Australia.
In 1979 The Dugites released a single 'Hit Single'/'Bruce', and toured as the backing band for Dave Warner. The single had been self-financed, but that year they were signed by the now defunct label Deluxe. Their first album The Dugites was released in July 1980 and reached number 22 on the Australian Album charts. Their second album West Of The World was released in July 1981 and their final album Cut The Talking was released in April 1984.www.suburbanambient.com/wishfulthinking
Effigy was one of the first Australian acts signed to Roadrunner Records when the label still specialised in heavy metal acts. After moving East from Perth, some of the bandsí highlights included appearances on high-rating television shows as well as an Australian tour with the Mavisís.
The bandís line-up featured Peter Hardman on vocals, guitar, harmonica and keyboards, and included the participation of bassist Cobina Crawford and drummer Jason Stacey. The bandís 1998 debut album release, Century Collapsing, yielded their hit 'Suspicion Bells' which debuted at number 65 in the national charts. After relocating and releasing two positively received albums, frontman Peter Hardman dissolved the band before returning to his hometown in Perth.www.myspace.com/effigytheband
Eleventh He Reaches London mix the petulance and introversion of Cursive and Bright Eyes, with the labyrinthine noise of Isis and Neurosis. Far from these disparate qualities clashing, they buoy each other's shortcomings - the band's frivolous "screamo" leanings are given weight by the stark, distorted chords, and their impassive walls of noise are given form by the emotionally astute, confessional style of the lyric sheet. What you get at the end of all that stirring is eight minute rides of fire and spit, which are somehow cathartic at every minute.
In less lyrical terms, Eleventh He Reaches London are a quintet who started playing at Perth punk gigs around 2003, crossing over to other scenes in 2004, at which point they became a local favourite, winning the 2005 Favourite Newcomer WAMi Award and it goes on from there...www.eleventhhereacheslondon.com www.myspace.com/eleventhhereacheslondon
"I want to break down the walls - within that context, that image,
we can do anything we want no matter whether it's super cheesy or punk,
I want to kill fashion, see the end of it."
Comprising ex-Sleepy Jackson members, Justin Burford and Rod Aravena, a brief stint with Jebediah's Vanessa Thornton on bass and ex-drummer Nick Jonsson's relation to Snowman bassist Olga Hermanniusson, End of Fashion is the embodiment of the complex and interconnected Perth music community.
In three years, the band have released two EPs, won four ARIA awards and their 2005 self-titled debut album went Gold with their single 'Oh Yeah' winning them eighth place on the Triple J Hottest 100 for 2005.www.endoffashion.com www.myspace.com/endoffashion
Formed in 1997 in Fremantle, Western Australia, Kavyen "Kav" Temperley (bass/vocals), Joel Quartermain (guitar) and Stuart MacLeod (guitar) formed a band to compete in the Australian National Campus Band Competition. At that time, Kav and Joel were also in a band called Freud's Pillow, which included Simon Leach (now guitarist in Little Birdy) and his brother Stuart Leach. Despite the fact that that preliminary heat was one of their first gigs playing together, Eskimo Joe won the competition.
Their debut album Girl went gold in 2001. Their second album A Song Is a City was released in Australia in 2004 and went double platinum, while the first single from the album, 'From the Sea' debuted in the top 40 of the ARIA Singles Chart. The band released their third album Black Fingernails, Red Wine in 2006 which has already gone four times platinum.www.eskimojoe.net www.myspace.com/eskimojoemusic
Founded in 1980 by vocalist Grace Knight and guitarist Bernie Lynch, Eurogliders hail from the city of Perth, Western Australia; an odd mix of sun, sand and red brick that leaves you relaxed, very relaxed. "It's a place so far away from the rest of the world," Bernie says "that it's sometimes hard to relate to the basic concept of being Australian. You are 'Western Australian' and that's it!"
Eurogliders recorded their first album in the Philipines, the second in England and the next two in Australia and have achieved ten Top Ten hits, including 'Heaven' and 'We Will Together'. They've performed extensively in Australia, The United States, England, Japan and Canada and have been awarded many accolades, including best single of the year and a silver award for best video on MTV America.
After a long break, during which Grace and Bernie explored differing artistic directions, Eurogliders have recorded a 6th album of all new and original songs.www.eurogliders.com
The band that became INXS got together in Sydney in August 1977 when brothers Andrew Farriss, Jon and Tim enlisted Kirk Pengilly, Gary Beers and a 17-year-old Michael Hutchence to join their band, the Farriss Brothers.
Andrew had met Hutchence at high school, intervening in a playground fight to stop him being bullied. When the Farriss family moved back to their hometown of Perth the whole band moved with them. During that period they played gigs relentlessly, from mining towns to inner suburban pubs; writing songs, rehearsing, and becoming a musical unit as tight as their personal bond. Ten months later they returned to Sydney as the Farriss Brothers before -at the suggestion of Midnight Oil manager Gary Morris -changing their name to INXS.www.inxs.com www.myspace.com/inxs
Fourth Floor Collapse formed in the northern suburbs of Perth in 1998. A year later they won the Next Big Thing competition (the year after John Butler) and followed it up with 10 WAMI awards and an Australian Live music Award. Three albums and two EPs led to tours around the country and shows with just about anyone who's anyone. Their latest album made the Top 25 of the Australian Music Prize in 2006.
Fourth Floor Collapse shifted their base from Perth to Melbourne in 2005 to give them opportunity to play their music to more people, more often. The band's most recent project has been to cover/write a song for Gotye's remix cover album Mixed Blood which has been nominated for the 2007 ARIA Awards. Meanwhile, work has begun on album number four.www.fourthfloorcollapse.com www.myspace.com/fourthfloorcollaps