2012

Shaky Reed & the Alan Keys Trio at the Boston Brewery (Live Review)

By Georgina Goss
When we heard that Boston Brewery had live music between 4pm and 8pm on Saturdays, we had to drop in and check it out. Shaky Reed & Alan Keys Trio were set up on the decking. We grabbed a table and ordered a refreshing tall glass of ginger beer and a few wontons and some bread and pate to nibble on. The band played an eclectic mixture of jazzy blues and old favourites, ranging from a comical song about Chicken Dinner to a version of Daddy Cool’s “Come Back Again”, which had us all singing along.

 

Moondog J hits Denmark (Live Review)

Jim Smith

After a long drive to Denmark I thought it would be a good idea to hear some live music. Not too much was on but the Denmark Hotel had a blues band called Moondog J. It was pretty quiet at the start but it didn’t take long before the band got its groove and the place filled. It’s only a small place with a TAB on the side. We had already eaten at Boston Brewery, but they only have live music every second Saturday and the Denmark Hotel has live music most Fridays and Saturdays. The menu seemed pretty good however. Pretty standard pub grub. We had a couple drinks and just chilled out. The band was pretty tight, with a wild harmonica and slick guitar while the drums and bass were solid. They got a friend from another band to get up and do a guest spot (Moondog J mostly sang and played harmonica) he pulled out his own guitar and gave it a hammering. All in all it was a good night and Moondog J were a great blues outfit.

Stereosonic Live (Review)

By Lucy Brown
On Sunday I went to Stereosonic, the music festival for all the lovers of electronic dance music. I’m not going to lie, I went there just for Example and Calvin Harris as watching DJ’s at a festival isn’t really my thing. I was surprised by the duo Bingo Players who were amazing; they really got the crowd going even though all the power cut out halfway through their set. Example was by far the best act of the day and was probably the only live singing act. He really got the crowd involved and was so engaging. The whole day was filled with music, alcohol and great people. I saw so many people there and felt like everywhere I turned I could dance with more people.

There was a silent disco which was really cool. Overall the day was really fun, it was like going to a club outside, but that was probably the one downside. I love music and I think that festivals are amazing because you get to see your favourite artists play live music and get involved with the crowd. At this festival the DJ’s were behind turntables at the back of the stage. It was a good day out but I wouldn’t pay another $160 to go again.

Sigur Ros Live (Review)

By Wo J. Simpson
The last time Iceland’s Sigur Rós came to Perth I stayed at home studying for an exam.
When they returned last night, I had the fortune of already having finished semester, yet I still wasn’t ready for the outer-body experience that is one of their live shows. Trawling through Facebook before the gig, I read countless posts about how seeing Sigur Rós in the flesh would reduce you to tears.
“Poppycock, bullshit, over-sentimental tosh,” I said to myself.

Well, hubris is always much starker for the greater fool – I had my eyes closed for at least half an hour last night just to keep me from crying.

Ethereal sounds and a stunning light and visual show echoed through the Belvoir Amphitheatre leaving me with, for want of a better reference point, a very Lord of the Rings moment – a lot like when the elves are leaving Rivendell.

Look, there’s a lot that didn’t make sense last night; an electric guitar being played with a violin bow, a freaky china doll and ships floating in the clouds on the big screen…

But I guess it didn’t really have to. The orchestral backers provided such a strong mise-en scene to the stage and when front man Jónsi wanted to get a bit more upbeat, drummer Orri obliged by getting a whole lot louder.

To quote a friend standing behind me in the mosh, “this is a total sensory experience, hey man”. The food on offer wasn’t half bad, and was similar to what you get at a Glory game, (ie hot dogs, chips and the like).

Hostile Little Face at The Rosemount

By Timothy Conrad
Me and a couple of mates decided to duck down to the Rosemount for some live music and a bit of pub grub on Friday. We’ve tried to make it a monthly thing, as there’s usually a pretty awesome band jamming on Friday evenings (last month we scoped out Sugar Army who were pretty awesome). We came in too late to see the first act of the night – a band called Tracksuit who by all accounts had an outstanding set. The headline act was a band called Hostile Little Face, who were actually performing their 100th gig. It’s a pretty impressive statistic once you realise they’ve only been around for 2 years.

We decided to catch a bit of the show before sitting down and grabbing food, so we paid the $10 door fee and went inside. It turned out that not only was it their 100th show, but their guitarist was playing his last gig. It seemed to give the band an added emotional spark, and their set was rocking. Ranging from punk-rockish to intimate and soulful, the band’s diversity was really impressive.

Unfortunately we couldn’t watch for too long, as we wanted to attack the menu before hitting the town. I got my usual Reef n’ Beef (I crave that garlic sauce!) and was soon in a state of bliss.
I’ll be keeping an eye out on this band’s progress, because I got to say I liked what I heard!

Colab @ The Moon (Live Review)

By Nic Ingram
Every second Sunday of the month, something very special happens at the Moon Café in Northbridge. For those who haven’t been fortunate enough to hear about it, Colab gets some of Perth’s brightest musos together for a completely impromptu hip hop performance. One of my friends had been urging me to go and check it out for ages, so I finally caved and went down for a bite to eat.

Despite being a huge fan of hip hop, I hadn’t heard much from/of our city’s emcees, so my expectations weren’t that high, but I was simply amazed at the level of skill I witnessed over the course of the night.

With a live band consisting of John Brown (drums), Kenneth Brian Hayes (bass), Andre Maujean (keys), Bob White (sax), Diger Rockwell (vocals & guitar) and the lovely Michelle Smith on the harp, the level of professionalism the band displayed was nothing short of epic. The two hosts (Emcees ASAP and Empty) got the night rolling, and explained to the crowd what it was all about.

Basically everything is made up on the spot: Aspiring rappers are invited to get up on stage and show off their freestyling skills, while the band gives them the beat to flow over. To ram the point home, ASAP and Empty asked the crowd for words to rhyme with (pubic bone was offered – to hilarious results), all the while freestyling about things like fatherhood, cheese, uncle jokes, and much more.

The first member of the crowd to step up and take the mic was aspiring rapper MC Beckon – a dude with ridiculous ability and a flow smoother than the River Nile. He absolutely killed it to the bands gorgeous jazzy hip-hop tunes.

It didn’t take long for others to step up to the plate, and Marksman’s moment on the mic was a huge bonus to everyone attending.

The food was pretty damn solid too; well-priced, large portions and sexy wait staff soon had me sitting with a huge grin while I enjoyed the skill on show.
For those that want to see one of Perth’s best kept secrets, click here and join up!

Parklife! (Live Review)

By Lucy Brown
Parklife was created so people can enjoy great music while in an outdoor setting close to the city. On Monday I went and wasn’t disappointed, the music festival was held in Wellington Square and was a day I will never forget. We got there just in time for Rizzle Kicks who are one of my favourite bands. ‘Down with the Trumpets’ got the crowd going and they were really interactive making sure everyone was having an amazing time. The day heated up as people enjoyed all the bands and DJ’s. Drinks were flowing with a cider stand and bars dotted around the square. Plan B was another favourite singing his chart stoppers as well as covering Seal’s ‘Kiss from a Rose’. He was amazing live and I would tell anyone to make sure they see him live – even friends who had never heard of him enjoyed his incredible set.

As the day went on more people gathered together to dance and enjoy the tunes. Wiley played ‘Heatwave’ which was the theme of the day and got everyone singing along. After a quick food break we got back into the action with Labrinth who was one of the best acts of the day. He got the whole crowd to participate and sung some of his hits including ‘Earthquake’ and also did a remix of ‘Pass Out’ the song he produced that made Tinie Tempah famous. We ended the night watching Robyn; she was incredible and had some killer dance moves. Overall it was an amazing day filled with good friends and great music.

Jonny Taylor to Tour Perth! (Artist News)

By Lucy Brown
Jonny Taylor is touring Australia from September 23rd to October 14th, playing intimate shows for his fans. ‘Never Look Back‘ is Taylor’s newest song and follows his acclaimed single ‘Young Man’. Never Look Back was produced by CMAA Producer of the Year Matt Fell.
“I’m so excited about this release because I feel it’s a perfect representation of my style- a little bit of alternative country crossed with a little bit of 90s grunge. I just want to say a massive thanks to everybody that’s been getting behind my music and supporting me along the way,” said Taylor.
He will be performing at Redcliffe on the Murray on September 23rd, Lake King Tavern on September 29th, Kukerin Creekbed Races September 30th, Dumbleyung Tavern October 1st, Bootleg Brewery October 13th and The Deck Marina Bar October 14th. For more information, please click here.

Tiaryn is back in Town! (Artist News)

By Nic Ingram

The Lovely Tiaryn Griggs is back in Perth for a quick two week break from life Melbourne, and of course the sultry songstress has a couple of treats planned for her fans!
Tiaryn will be performing three live shows over the course of her stay, including one night with her old band at the Ellignton Jazz Club.

On Thursday the 27th Tiary will join a spectacular line up of muso’s at ‘Unplugged at YaYa’s’ and will be on at 10pm.

Then on Friday, Tiaryn will be teaming up with Meg Mac and Alira Wilson, for a late night groove session at the Ellington Jazz Club – expect beautiful tunes from 3 great musos.

Finally on the 6th of October, Tiaryn will be teaming up with her old band to crank out her latest work as well as some of the classics. It’s expected to fill up fast, so book online as soon as possible to avoid missing out!

The Rosemount (Live Review)

By Jim ‘The Party Pooper’ Smith
I was very excited to hear the news that Cypher had reformed and planned to preform at The Rosemount last week.
The Rosemount has been supporting the live music industry for years now, and these days it also has an extensive food menu.

The Dinner Special for the night was a Chicken Parmigiana served with chips & salad for just $10 and they were also doing $12 Jugs of TEDs. That’s one of the positives of the Rosemount – besides getting great acts in on a constant basis, they also have meal deals on almost every night of the week.

I met up with some friends in the beer garden and chill out with the Sons of Rico DJs where the entry was free, but it cost $5 to go in and watch the bands playing.
Fist up was The Jephasuns who normally frequent The Mount Helena Tavern. It was hard to tell what they were like as the music was simply too loud.
Next up was Cypher who I had come to see. They are still playing as an instrumental outfit but the songs were a bit shorter than they were back in the day.
Welcome To Loco was doing their first show and seemed to be having troubles with a voice simulator. Personally I think they could have done without it all together as musically these guys were great but that voice simulator was awful.
The last act was Arkayan and I did not hang around. It seemed a bit weird that I came down to write this and was not allowed to take any pics. That’s right… I sent the photographer home as they would not let him in to take pics. Once again it was a case of bouncers looking to flex their ‘power’ over us mere punters – Seriously the security in Perth needs an arrogance check.
Despite that it was a good night, and I hope there is more from Cypher to come.

Cheeky Monkey (Live Review)

By Scott Arnold-Eyers
When I was on my round of Margaret River last week, I dropped in to the all new Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery.
I have to say it is a fantastic place. I grabbed a beer tasting plate with some wedges and sat down with one of the brewers to have a chat. The beer was fantastic and if I wasn’t in such a rush I would have ordered something more substantial from the extensive food menu.

Larry Youngman was playing a few tunes outside. His voice sounded a bit like Dave Faulkner from Hoodoo Gurus. He also plays Mandolin, Mandola and Banjo. For a guy that plays for fun, Larry is pretty damn good! I found a clip of him on You Tube – check it out.
If you find yourself in Margs, and feel like visiting something that isn’t a winery for a change, I strongly suggest checking out Cheeky Monkey.
For more info, please click here.

Bootleg Brewery (Live Review)

By Scott Arnold-Eyers
After a fantastic time travelling from Brewery to brewery in the Margaret River region, I dropped into Bootleg Brewery to put my feet up and enjoy a little live entertainment. The brewery is passionate about what they do – and it really shows in their produce.
Despite have a great menu, I wasn’t too puckish, and opted to sip on a brew instead.

Jonny Taylor was the day’s crooner and he was playing his guitar on the grass in front of the lake. I’ve got to admit – few ways are better to spend your Saturday than sipping a beer in the sun and watching some live music.
Jonny has been jamming for around 10 years, and has been garnering quite a bit of attention lately. He was a semi-finalist in Australia’s Got Talent last year, made it the last 12 in Idol, and won a number of WA Awards in 2011. He has a very strong voice with a country style edge. and was great with the crowd.

Kingsley Tavern

By Ethan Dawson
I was invited to a private party at The Kingsley Tavern over the weekend and thought it would be a great opportunity to scope the place out.

To be honest I wasn’t expecting too much in terms of food or entertainment, however I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of both. Suzi and the Reptiles were up on stage playing a repertoire that covered many well-known favourites. From Presley to Hendrix, Suzi’s unique vocals paired with a talented band were enough to have the Kingsley Tavern’s patrons up out of their seats. Suzi belted out some classics that both the young and the not so young were able to enjoy, before being joined on stage by Scott Arnold Eyers of Hard Marshmellow fame.

All in all it was a great night – the atmosphere was excellent and the other patrons were incredibly friendly. I’ll definitely be back!

Big Ape at Shape

By Nic Ingram
This weekend I decided to hit up a Big Ape event at Shape, as they had managed to get three of the U.K’s top dubstep D.J’s: SkreamJoker and Plastician in on Sunday.

It started off pretty terribly – I got bounced because I was wearing leather shoes, and actually thought the bouncer was pulling my leg when he told me that only sneakers were allowed in. After I realised they weren’t going to let me in, I got pretty pissed off. I had spent $25 on a ticket, and was bounced for wearing smart shoes?

Refusing to meekly give up and go home with my tail between my legs, I borrowed a pair of old, well-used trainers a friend had and went back to the door. After finally getting in, I went and had a chat with the organiser, asking him about the absurd ‘casual wear only’ policy they have in place. The event organiser claimed fellow punters might feel uncomfortable gigging with people who dress up (I was wearing a plain t-shirt and jeans, not a tuxedo), so I asked him to please at least mention it on their webpage so people don’t waste money on a ticket, only to be denied because of their footwear (they still haven’t, except for some pretty ambiguous rules listed here).

Anyhow, enough about poor event organising. The gig itself was…. different… to say the least. Skream and Joker had very alternative sets, and weren’t what the crowd was expecting (or wanting) at all. However, Plastician came on and delivered the goods, dropping one banger after the next, and then started mixing with both Skream and Joker. The antics behind the booth were pretty interesting – they seemed to be having a lot more fun screwing around than the punters were.

All in all it was a good night (thanks mainly to Plastician’s set) and was soon made better by a delish Doner kebab at Newroz kebabs down the road.

Big Ape has events on a frequent basis, to find out more, click here.

Harbour Terrace

By Lucy Brown
Last night my friend Natalie and I wanted to try something new so we headed to Hillarys and grabbed a Satay Chicken pizza from Little Caesar’s. It was amazing and had a tangy Satay sauce and creamy coconut milk drizzled over the pizza that was cooked to perfection.
We then treated ourselves to a rich and decadent Spanish hot chocolate and churros at Chocolateria San Churro. The churros were crispy on the outside, warm on the inside and were delectable dipped into the little pot of melted chocolate.

After our little feast we wandered into The Harbour Terrace,where people were playing pool and relaxing on the big couches. DJ Luke Thomas was playing some techno and remixed top 40.
Harbour Terrace has great offers on all throughout the week with $10 Pizza on Wednesdays, someone plays the bongo alongside a DJ and there is free pool and drink specials Thursday nights, Live music on Fridays and Luke DJ’s Saturday and Sunday night while the drinks flow.
After we relaxed at Harbour Terrace we ventured into Bar 120 where the DJ was playing Hip Hop and Old School R&B, my personal faves. The crowd was a bit young and very drunk but were all having a good night.
Felix is a band that does covers and was quite good; they covered everything from Bring Me to Life by Evanescence to Close to You by Calvin Harris. They play there every Wednesday night.
After we had a few drinks and danced off all the calories from the pizza we headed home. If you want a good night out mid-week head to Hillarys; there’s everything you need from good food to pool and music.

Dead Owls at Rosemount

By Li

Being a mega-fan of Student & Backpacker night, I made my way out to The Rosemount Hotel for dinner.

Only on Wednesdays, for $14 you get a pretty awesome decent-serving of rump steak at Rosemount. Plus alcoholic drinks are loads cheaper as well.

The Rosemount Hotel, located in North Perth is a fantastic heritage-listed venue that continually features some pretty phenomenal performances by independent musicians.

The great vibes and charm escaping from the beer garden, scrumptious food, and live music, sets this place apart – it’s hard to get bored at the Rosemount. Last night they featured a great line-up of Foxes, Dead Owls, The Cold Acre and Foam.

Got in on time to catch Dead Owls’s set. The band consists of Jordan Tjhung (vocalist/guitar) and Sam Maher (drummer/backing vocals).

The duo started off from the bubblegum grunge movement in Melbourne, but relocated to Perth in 2011 to sing stories of their tormented souls through a mixed genre of alternative, garage, rock and punk. Dead Owls definitely does not hold back on distorted effect-driven riffs and magnetic grooves.

Their performance was absolutely amazing – filled with earnest lyrics and abundance of emotional release. Dead Owls singing about the exasperating things people have to deal with in their lives yet concealing the melancholy with playful melodies and fast-paced rhythms, made me want to shed a few tears and give out free hugs.

Stay tuned to Dead Owls as their debut release should be out in the next couple of months. But for now, check out their music at Bandcamp, or on TripleJ Unearth.

Folk out Sunday at The Madrid Tapas Bar

By Li

House mates and I had been having a rather horrid fast-food bender throughout the week. So naturally, when I rocked up to The Madrid Tapas Bar in Claremont, on Sunday, I wasn’t in the mood for food at all – but all that changed, a few minutes upon arriving.

The interior décor and atmosphere from the live music was so relaxing that I got so cosy – finally left four hours later.

We had the Madrid Plate, which was an appetiser board of rosemary lemon marinated field mushrooms, duck taco, and various other delicious comfort foods. The lip-smacking Spanish hot chocolate I had was more than perfect for that chilly day.

We managed to catch the last few minutes of Luke Kordyl’s performance. Luke’s a Fremantle-based artist who plays a mixture of Californian folk rock with a little bit of funk.

The rawness of his voice combined with suave smooth vocals on the acoustic set was enough to draw any listener in. It’s too bad he had to rush off for other appointments.

Later towards the night Kenji Kitahara stepped in, filling in the silence with his folk and funk covers of classic songs like Hendrix’s Castles Made of Sand, Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles and a many more.

Watching Kenji perform while I kept on requesting random songs, was heaps of fun. Kenji’s a great sport, even if he didn’t know all the lyrics, he’d make them up as he went along, till he no longer knew the chords to play. But even so, he surprised me as he knew and managed to play most of the songs I yelled out for.

It was a really enjoyable experience at the Madrid Tapas Bar, I’ll definitely make a trip back here!

Smith Street by the Railway

By Li

I made a trip to The Railway Hotel, on Friday as I’ve heard that they feature some pretty darn awesome local acts there from time to time. That week, a good mate of mine persuaded me to there for The Smith Street Band’s show.

It took me a while to figure out its whereabouts, as The Railway Hotel’s tucked away in a quiet corner in North Fremantle, nearby the dock and marshaling yard.

Upon getting there, I finally figured why most people I know would never take the trouble to drive all the way up there – it’s just out of the way and there’s nothing close by.

The interior of the Railway was nothing desirable; with mysteriously stained couches and strange scents lingering in the room, but none of that mattered as soon as The Smith Street Band got on stage.

Featured on Triple J unearth, the folk/punk band act have forged a reputation as one of Melbourne’s most exciting DIY bands. The Smith Street Band has an album with Poison City Records called No one Gets Lost Anymore – really worth trying out!

Overall, the show was emotionally exhilarating and absolutely amazing as the band played their hearts out. Amongst the many things I love about Smith Street that sets them apart from many punk acts these days, are their witty and poignant lyrics – with quirky song titles like Postcodes (For People Who Will Not Arrest Me) and When I Was A Boy I Thought I Was A Fish.

They’re definitely worth checking out. Click here to get to their Facebook page.

Once All Very Small

By Li

Last night, my housemate and I decided to check out Sorrento’s for some classic Italian dinner. Sorrento comes highly recommended by all food lovers, so we figured it was about time we checked it out for ourselves. Plus it’s located on James Street in Northbridge – great nightlife, when the rest of the city goes to sleep.

The restaurant was packed when we got there and cramping into a tiny table made me feel all the more uncomfortable. Fortunately the smooth jazzy charms coming from Once All Very Small made it all disappear.

The jazz quartet, Once All Very Small comprises of the ever-charming vocalist Emma Gage, pianist Esther Li, bassist Jesse Byrom-Carter and drummer Barnabas Courtauld. These talented young musicians are all 3rd year WAAPA students undergoing their Bachelor of Jazz degree. It’s exciting to see where this jazz quartet will launch themselves to, upon graduation.

In performance, the combination of their jazz skills and onstage energy make them really exciting to watch. What I love most about Once All Very Small is their ability to rearrange straight-up jazz and classic pop songs to give birth to a fun-loving contemporary sound of both worlds. I suppose it also has to do with their natural charm that appeals to all crowds.

I’ve known Emma and Esther for a while now (ex-neighbors); Emma would ninja into the living room and belch her music upon us and Esther would be up all night practicing the piano. I’m so glad to see how well their quartet’s going. The passion and love they have for music and performance is amazing. I don’t expect anything less than success for Once All Very Small.

Milhouse at the Stang

By Li

I love Wednesdays because it’s Perth & Northbridge Backpacker and Student night. You find all sorts of great deals in each block around the city.

My mates and I were feeling a little peckish after an early dinner, so we swung by the Mustang Bar in Northbridge. Starting from $5 you get a range of Aussie BBQ sausages, salads and drinks; perfect when craving for some simple munchies on a Wednesday night. It’s great that the Stang stuck by their usual opening hours – ANZAC Day.

The Stang’s always filled with lively atmosphere. The pool tables by the front are always occupied by enthusiasts, diners towards the back, a domino of patrons by the bar and of course, the mosh on the dance floor.

The band that played tonight was Milhouse, a five-piece rock/pop cover band. The Perth-based band pumped-up the crowd by kicking off with a pretty impressive cover of Black Eyed Peas‘s Lets Get It Started. Milhouse also rocked out Bryan Adams‘s Summer of 69, Foster the People‘s Pumped Up Kicks, and a shuffle of other cool tunes.

They’re a fun band for covers, but didn’t leave a lasting impression on us, but it’s always fun to see what goes on at The Mustang Bar.

Grim at the Den

By Li

So I stepped back into The Den last Saturday because I wanted to catch the spunky Grim Fandango – totally worth it!

Grim is a Perth-based hardcore and punk band that has been around since 2006. Anyone who’s into the local punk scene would definitely have heard of these guys.

The precise overlaying of jangly guitars, fast-faced tracks, and ferocious lyrics of Grim never fails to impress. Every Grim show that I’ve known so far is well known for the overload of Grim fans filling up the room. It was a bit of a shame that so many of Grim’s supporters were nowhere to be seen that night. The band got up and an amazing performance nonetheless.

Yours Sincerely, Grizzly

By Li
I followed a friend to The Den last weekend ‘cuz her brother had a gig there. The venue wasn’t anything fantastic, nor was the food and beer – but the bands kept me entertained throughout the night.

As I mentioned earlier, the venue was nothing great, moreover it was monstrous towards the bands that played there that night – especially towards Sincerely, Grizzly.

Sincerely, Grizzly is an Adelaide-based experimental alternative trio. The band consists of Joshua Calligeros, Griffin Farley and Rowan Mount who met by a struck of fate at an Anthropophobiacs Anonymous meeting in South-West North Korea. The band describes their music as “literature rock” and named themselves Sincerely, Grizzly in honour of a sacrificial young brown bear (so it says on their website).

Although Grizzly faced tons of technical difficulties at The Den, like the stage falling apart and lights (unintentionally) switching on and off, partially killing the atmosphere of their show – they kept jamming.

What I really like about Grizzly was the hint of British indie-pop sound that resonated in their melodic songs.

Last year the band was featured on Triple J Unearthed, played at the FUSE and Fringe Festival. It’ll be interesting to see what Sincerely, Grizzly achieves this year.

Feral Tunes

By Jon Doe

After a pleasant day of cruising through the swan valley with visiting family, I thought it would be wise to take them to Feral Brewery who won the award last year for best beer in Australia. The beer that won was the Feral White Beer, a true Belgium styled beer with a spicy citrus flavour No to be satisfied with just 1 beer, we decided to get a tasting plate (6 beers in smaller glasses) and sit down to listen to The Red Embers who had set up in the outside area. They are a local boy and girl duo that just played a nice chilled mix of original and cover music. A great way to cap off a good afternoon.

South West Beer Fest

By Jim Smith

Apart from showcasing a fantastic range of breweries at the inaugural South West Beer Festival at 3 Oceans Palandri Winery in Margaret River on the weekend, there were also some fantastic bands.

Kris Buckle, Paige Trantham, Ill Starred Captain, Dallas Royal, Juwana, New Soundland and local favourite Cowtown were playing on the SaturdayIt seemed that heavy rock was the theme and maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, but for the first time this festival had run, it was a great start.

It was drizzling with rain for most of the day but that did not seem to bother the punters who just kept drinking and enjoying the tunes.

There was supposed to be a fair amount of food on for the day but all I could find was hot dogs and hot chips along with some food samples at Brewers Dray.

Triple J Unearthed winners Split Seconds headlined on the Sunday so I expect that there was a bigger turn out.

After winning the much-coveted Triple J Unearthed competition (which landed them a spot at Big Day Out), Split Seconds went on to grace the stages at Southbound, St Jeromes Laneway Festival, One Movement for Music, the Northbridge Festival and the Wave Rock Weekender.

After a whirlwind ride from there the guys were nominated for almost every WAMi award under the sun and took out Favourite Newcomer, Most Promising New Act, Best Indie Pop Act and Best Male Vocalist (Sean Pollard).

Not the type to slow down, the guys went back to the studio and have just recently released a new single, All You Gotta Do.

I look forward to seeing how this event develops next year and in years to come.

Cruising the Seas with The Cinnamon Band

By Taylor Cowper

The Cinnamon band aboard the MV Athena is a wonderful ensemble of very talented musicians. However, despite their obvious potential, there is still plenty of room for improvement. The band are originally from Portugal and play very much like their national soccer team: too many players and next to no cohesion. I felt a large part of the problem with this band is that even though they try to make the best possible sound, the mixing is poorly executed. Only the singers and the drums were mixed, making it extremely difficult for the musicians who can hardly hear what they are playing. The band performs well when playing the music they want to play, but drops off when playing what the cruise specified.

The cinnamon band is good at what they do but unfortunately when they are pushed outside their boundaries they tend to struggle.

Stoney Joe at Clancy’s Fish Pub

By Jim Smith
On Saturday I met up with a few friends at Clancy’s Fish Pub in Fremantle for a quick bite to eat and to see some good live music.
When I got there Kate Kelly and Pete Stone (two very good local muso’s) were playing. It has been ages since I have seen Pete Stone play and I was pretty excited to see how much his music has progressed. To be honest I found their song selection too morbid for my liking – not the kind of mood setting tunes I was hoping for on a Saturday night. I’m currently abstaining from alcohol, so I went and ordered some beer battered tiger prawns while my mates had a few drinks.
After a decent set from Kate Kelly and Pete Stone the band Stoney Joe came on. To my surprise I noticed that the ex frontman for Circus Murders (Roly Skender) was on guitar and vocals. This got me excited, as he is a fantastic muso. The sound was completely unique. Just as you are about to get bored they bring something else out. A bit of country with a modern twist and a thumping groove box in the background. They are about to release a new CD that I will be getting for sure. (Saturday 3rd of March at Fremantle Arts Centre) This is probably the best band I have seen in ages and would highly recommend you go see them. Last on stage was Lynda Smyth and the Borrowed Few. I have seen these guys a few times. I felt for them following Stoney Joe with a full house and no sound check. All I will say is that I really would like to see these guys after a good sound check. You can see they have a heap of potential.

Music at Moore and Moore

By Herman Craine
After a rather eventful house party the night before, a friend and I decided to try and abate our hangovers by enjoying a mighty breakfast in Freo. We had already missed the 11am cut-off point that many venues have, but I had heard that Moore & Moore do all-day breakfast and that the
food is epic.

We got there at around 12pm and scoped the place out. Moore & Moore has seating inside, a huge space for art galleries and a courtyard outside. The vibe is really cool thanks to the décor; you can sit on an array of couches and enjoy your meal, or have a wander and check out all
the books, records and art pieces scattered around the venue.

A duo was playing, so we decided to eat outside and listen to the band.

Initially I thought it was just a guy playing guitar with a back-up bassist, but after a couple of songs I noticed it was little more complex than that.  The guy was using multiple instruments like keyboard and the trumpet and looping them to make it sound like a 4 or 5 piece band! The duo are called Miss Bassist and Master Everything, and they played a range of Ska, Hip Hop and Pop classics that seemed to get everyone around us bobbing their heads.
Our food was awesome; I had bacon and eggs with a tomato salsa, while my partner tried the Pot of Moore – Tuscan style baked eggs with sourdough bread and salad (it looked amazing).
It turned out to be exactly what we needed: Great food, good music in a cool atmosphere. I think Sunday breakfasts at Moore & Moore are going to become a bit of a ritual now…