The Panics formed in high school when Jae Laffer and Drew Whooton met on the first day of term. Laffer said, "You just look at someone and go alright you can be my friend, you've got the same haircut as me". They spent the next 2 years hand-picking the lineup, member by member, bringing in Drew's younger brother Myles on drums, Paul Otway on bass and Julian Douglas on guitars, keys and backing vocals.
As with their latest release Cruel Guards, at the heart of the Panics is it's unmistakable 'Australianess'. There is a sense of space and scale that speaks of only one country. Musically, the link may not be obvious but there is the same sense of our wide brown land that runs through the best work of The Triffids, The Go Betweens and Nick Cave.www.thepanics.com.au www.myspace.com/thepanicmusic
The Preytells bring their familial foundations to the fore of their musical endeavours, with each playing an integral roll in what is the dramatic stage theatre of their live performance.
At full-flight the Preytells are a cohesive unit. Comprised of Will Tell, Cameron Stewart, Audrey Tell and Jaclyn Pearson, this is an outfit which is well versed in both 'rock' and 'roll'. They are reminiscent of the early 60's pop/rock sound with a splash of 40's Jazz stirred with a large rod of post-punk, early 90's bliss served in a glass of modernity and artistic merit.
Look for The Preytells debut EP Could I Change Your Mind in all good record stores, distributed through MGM.www.preytells.com.au www.myspace.com/thepreytells
The bizarre journey of Red Jezebel to this point has certainly been one of the rockiest in current Australian music history. Recently parting ways with major label Warner Music, following their signing to Festival Mushroom Records, Red Jezebel return to their indie roots. Not that the band released anything on either of those major labels!
A ten year career has also seen the band release four EPs and the acclaimed 2004 Revelations album. Their soon-to-be-released follow up How I Learnt To Stop Worrying, will has been brought forward from its May 2008 scheduled release and came out this October. Red Jezebel couldn't be more excited to have come through this process with the best songs of the band's career.
The band's name comes from an emergency evacuation codeword used by an Australian supermarket chain a number of the members worked for in the groups' early years.www.redjez.com www.myspace.com/redjezebel
Born in the Perth suburb of Bassendean, Rolf Harris is possibly one of WA's best known living exports. Harris is most famous for popularising the household instrument the 'wobble board' as well as for his various spots as an entertainer and artist on television. In 1959 he recorded his biggest hit song 'Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport', as well as a rendering of the sentimental song 'Two Little Boys' in 1969.
Harris gained fame due to his unusual array of instruments including the Jew's harp, the stylophone and the didgeridoo -which he played on two of English pop singer Kate Bush's albums. Rolf Harris has also received an Order of Australia and was commissioned to paint a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II for her recent 80th Birthday, all the while staying true to his roots by providing artwork for the 2005 WAMi Award festival.www.rolfharris.com www.myspace.com/rolfharrisno1
Gretta left. Cam died. Tim lost the plot.
In their short but bright career they released three CDs, toured Australia three times, appeared on TV after a couple of times, were interviewed on Triple J and for their photo in Rolling Stone. They supported Siouxsie Sioux, the Cruel Sea, Nick Cave, Hoodoo Gurus, Buffalo Tom, the Lemonheads, the Clouds, Ed Kuepper and Kim Salmon. They also performed at the Big Day Out. The band won numerous WAMIs and when they ran their own gigs, crowds of over 400 people weren’t unusual.
There was Cam and his thunderstorm drums. There was Gretta and her chills-down-the-spine voice and Tim struggling fiercely with his guitar.
Arrogant. Controversial. EXCITING!!! Sex, drugs and rock n roll. The Beads attacked your pleasure centres."
-Tim Underwood (The Rosemary Beads)
It started suitably, as art. Before Schvendes was the Schvendes we’ve all come to know and love they were the Schvendes Ensemble, a gothy musical wing of the 2002 Artrage Festival. They were pretty much the same thing they are now except in more of an incubator phase, performing under the auspices of performance art within art festivals. In this mode they recorded their first release, the hand-packaged live album The Scoundrel is Made an Outcast. Eventually demand for the band drew them into a more conventional live context and they hit Perth’s live road test circuit the Hyde Park Hotel, the Rosemount Hotel, Mojo’s Bar, the Amplifier Bar where again they flourished.
Here is a town known mainly for its contributions to pop, punk and metal and Schvendes is busting out slow-cooking soundtracks to Lizzie Borden murder scenes that erupt into strings, Rhodes and guitar laced climaxes.www.schvendes.com www.myspace.com/schvendesschvendes
The Scientists were an influential indie rock band from Perth, Australia, led by Kim Salmon. The band had two primary incarnations: the Perth-based punk band of the late 1970s, including drummer James Baker, and the Sydney/London-based swamp rock band of the 1980s. The Scientists were much more influential than their minimal commercial success would indicate, lending their influence to artists such as Mudhoney and New York's downtown indie scene of the early 1990s. They are also cited by Jon Spencer, the White Stripes and more as 'seminal'.
Kim Salmon: Formed one of Perth's first punk bands the Cheap Nasties in 1976 and was a founding member of The Beasts of Bourbon (they still feature many of his songs in their live set over a decade since his departure). He has also worked extensively in producing bands including the Casanovas, Mach Pelican and the Hoodoo Gurus.www.scientists.com.au www.myspace.com/scientists77
Sex Panther is the lovechild of Perth's rockin' music community. Since their formation in mid 2005 the 'panthers' have combined forces to blitz a path of adventure, destruction, all-nighters, rIdiculous antics and horrific outfits.
They rock an all original peculiar mix of swingin', thumpin', heartbreakin' tunes - clearly a reflection of personality - that of being unapologetically opinionated, absurdly humorous, colourful, chaotic...and rather freakin' annoying.
In just twelve months Sex Panther have released their debut EP Killer Pink, been nominated for two Western Australian Music Awards, supported Guitar Wolf, Cut Copy, Wolf & Cub, survived a whirlwind UK tour, which included two spots at the prestigious Great Escape Festival in Brighton and embarked on their first regional WA tour with Grinspoon and 8,000km of white line fever. Sex Panther continue to build a hardcore following in their native Western Australia off the back of their chaotic and eccentric live shows.www.sexpanther.com.au www.myspace.com/panthersex
Spaced-out pop maestro; blue-eyeliner wearing rock n roll genius; Australia's answer to Brian Wilson - Luke Steele (aka The Sleepy Jackson) has already been called all these things and more. No wonder he lives in the most isolated city on Earth. Anywhere else, with all these critical garlands, he could end up suffocating. Nominated for a host of awards at home and ARIAs (including 'Album Of The Year') it also signalled Luke's departure from his Perth pop laboratory on a trip around the world to promote it.
Formed in Perth in 1999, the line up currently consists of Luke and long-term drummer Malcolm Clark. Like his inspirations --George Harrison, Walt Disney, Woody Guthrie and a million others (current listening: Rufus Wainwright, Frank Zappa, weird electronica) -Luke is in the business of making music to lift the soul, with a vision unmatched in modern pop.www.thesleepyjackson.com www.myspace.com/thesleepyjackson