2016 TOP 10 RELEASES! Desert Highways staff + special guests from Orange Goblin, Monolord, Pagan / Little Lamb & The Rosemary’s!!

Words Anthony Moore.

There were some amazing releases that come out in 2016, and as with every year, I start out with the best of intentions keeping a list of my favourites as they hit, only to let it fall by the wayside by about March. Yeah I know, it doesn’t last long! So undoubtedly I will forgot lots of great releases from 2016. There’s been the talked about releases like Metallica’s Hardwired… To Self Destruct (which for me has been quite a disappointment, some moments of clarity and power but as whole, it wasn’t the driving force I was hoping for), then there’s been some that have come out of left field that have really thrown me for six and impressed me quite a lot, like Electric Magus Olympus Noms, which is Raul Sanchez (Magic Dirt, River Of Snakes, Midnight Woolf) latest offering through Wild Animals Records. Like with John Frusciante’s solo albums, some sound quite unique and very different to his work with Red Hot Chili Peppers (which is an awesome thing these days!) yet his style and soul still comes through in various ways. Electric Magus is like this for Sanchez compared to his ‘usual’ guitar driven work. It’s totally different yet still somehow connects with me for the same reasons.

I still listen to loads of releases from all around the world, but more and more as time goes on I find myself mainly listening to local bands. Possibly for a few reasons, I like to support local muso’s and friends, it’s possible to see them more live which in turn gets us more stoked on listening back to a band later, and maybe most importantly, there are just so many fuckin incredible bands in Melbourne and throughout Australia that there’s not enough time to sometimes reach out further. Continue reading

NERDLINGER ‘Trendsetter’ EP Launch with The Decline, Scalphunter, Blindspot, At The Space Jam. Amplifier, Perth. 27-11-2015.

Photos Kim Anderson – Shoot The Wicked Witch.


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BLINDSPOT ‘You’re So Phoney’ EP Launch with Scalphunter, Pitt The Elder, Alex The Kid, The Light The Dark. Amplifier Bar, Perth. 17-01-2015.

Words James Moretta.

Blindspot 'You're So Phoney' EP LaunchAfter years of refining their brand of ‘90s punk and ska, Blindspot took to Amplifier Bar to launch their latest EP ‘You’re So Phoney’. With the aid of phenomenal supports and a keen understanding of a good time, Blindspot managed to do justice for the new tracks, creating a night to remember filled with crazy scenes and a sense of humour.

Setting the pace for the night was The Light The Dark; who exploded onto the stage with their punk-infused mix of hardcore and metal. The band traversed seamlessly between melody and brutality, with vocalist Michael Spencer completely dominating the stage with a presence like no other. The slowly filling room quickly obliged the band’s call to action, with the crowd getting up the front to shout along. Continue reading

BLOOD ROCK FEST. The Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA. 08-11-2014.

Words Dave Mullins.
Photos Kim Anderson – Shoot The Wicked Witch.

Perth is an isolated city. Seriously, people say it all the time. The extended travel time is part of the reason festivals like Big Day Out and Soundwave are no longer coming here, and that sucks. But it doesn’t have to. Blood Rock is an annual heavy music festival showcasing some of the best music from a variety of local, interstate and international bands. Seriously who needs to pay $200 to watch Fred Durst forget that it isn’t 2001 anymore when you can pay $25 to watch over 20 bands tear up the stage at the Rosemount Hotel? No one, that’s who!

Local hardcore act Idle Eyes opened the day and with a decent turn out early on things quickly escalated into madness. One of the good things about Blood Rock is that great bands are on all day. At The Space Jam were no exception showing us that ska is well and truly alive in Perth. Their eclectic mix of upbeat ska and infectious bass lines got everyone in the mood for dancing. Keep an eye on these guys, they have great potential. Also their singer always seems to pop up out of nowhere, so you literally have to keep an eye on him or he’ll catch you napping. Continue reading

PUNKTURED FEST: The Decline, Nerdlinger, The Revellers, House Arrest, them Sharks, 88 To Yesterday. Ya-Ya’s, Perth. 05-07-2014.

Words and photos Kim Anderson – Shoot The Wicked Witch

I feel like I should just start off with an apology for this review. There’s a reason I take photos, it means I don’t have to form sentences, let alone paragraphs describing a night where I had a camera in front of my face for half of it. But here goes nothing.

The night started off with pop-punkers 88 To Yesterday. Leigh had promoted the show saying if no one was there he would cry. I’m happy to report the room was looking pretty good, there were people waiting to come in before the doors had even opened, and no tears were shed. This was their first gig with new guitarist Alex and they played a tight set. Leigh is definitely the one to watch on stage though and I’m pretty sure he has a fetish because this is the second time I’ve seen them live now and he’s sexually assaulted the guitarist.

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