D.R.I., Battletruk (Reunion gig), TRS, Scalphunter. Amplifier, Perth. 11-02-2017.

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

Crossover legends Dirty Rotten Imbeciles (D.R.I.) have a career that spans about four decades. Which for folks at home means that they starting playing music about 5 or 6 Star Wars films ago. While the band never really broke into the mainstream, they have had a strong ‘underground’ following throughout their career, and their influence has been felt all across the genres of metal, punk and hardcore. This was D.R.I’s first time in Perth and it was bound to be an interesting night.

Right before Scalphunter took to the stage I overheard a punter mention that it had been forever since they’d seen Scalphunter open for another band. But, holy fuck, do they know how to open – with an explosion of screaming and blaring guitars. Even though he barely takes a moment to breathe between each song, frontman Steve Knoth somehow manages to keep things at an insane level of intensity. Seriously, the guy has some fucking stamina. But the same could be said for any member of the band. The crowd was a little small, given how early in the night it was, but it didn’t stop Knoth from stirring up the audience, walking through the crowd and taunting them to show even just a little more energy. They played a short set compared to what fans might have been used to, but it was pitch-perfect and punk-as-fuck and a perfect way to start off a big night. Continue reading

EVERY TIME I DIE, LetLive, Counterparts, Ratking. Amplifier, Perth. 16-01-2017.

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Australian International Tattoo Expo. Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. 17-09-2016.

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THE EXPLOITED, Beerfridge, Scalphunter. Amplifier, Perth. 14-12-2015.

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MISFITS, Scalphunter, Hope Street. Rosemount Hotel, Perth. 13-12-15.

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

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CLOWNS ‘Running Through These Veins’ Tour with Chainsaw Hookers, Scalphunter, Summer Blood. Four5Nine Bar, Perth. 04-07-2015.

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

Melbourne band, Clowns, have quickly started making a name for themselves as one of the hardest working bands in the country. Already closing in on around 60 shows for the year including shows on a few different continents, it seems insane to cram them into the smallest venue in Perth – especially considering any of the ‘support’ acts could probably sell out the same room in their own right. And sell out it did, fast.

Joining them on tour, was Melbourne grunge-rockers, Summer Blood, who opened up the night. Their sound is a sort of throwback to the ‘90s, but with a hint of the Smiths, a little mellow when compared to the rest of the line-up, but they performed admirably. After all, they had their work cut out for them.

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