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.
It was freezing cold and pissing down rain as I made the familiar journey up Johnston Street to The Tote on April 25th. Keen gig goers had already begun to queue outside the door to the band room as a soundchecking Flour buzzed, hissed and thumped from inside…
“This song is called Feral Sow, it’s about… umm.. I dunno…” drawls the bands bassist/vocalist as Flour tear into the B Side of their latest 7 inch. This band bleeds old school punk rock energy and even bicker on stage like an early Ramones “Ok, we’re gonna play one more because Steve is all out of rock and roll for tonight. He needs more speed.” Testament to Flours rapidly growing popularity, The Tote band room was more or less completely full by the end of their set. They finished with their latest single ‘Silverspoon’ for which they’ve just dropped a killer new music video. I actually reviewed Flour playing live a couple of months ago so I’ve already used up most of my clever things to say about them but they kick ass so go check them out.
It was a warm Friday night and blood rock was in the air, and line to get in!
First up were Crash Rat, who I have never heard of, yet managed to be blown away. Sounding like a mix between Motley Crue and Aerosmith, they dominated their opening slot. Their set included Rebel Youth, Rest In Sleaze and Zombie Girl. They are Perth’s answer to rock’n’roll. Singer OD Winters owned his spot on the stage and these guys definitely deserve to support some of the better known Perth acts.
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 →
What an awesome finish to a massive weekend! Perth’s Chainsaw Hookers hit Melbourne for three days of kick arse blood rock!
Friday 01 at The Evelyn with Dukes Of Deliciousness, Seedy Jeezus, Drifter and Australian Kingswood Factory.
Saturday 02 at The Tote Hotel for Brewtality 2014 festival. 33 bands, 3 stages at The Tote and The Bendigo Hotels.
Sunday 03 at Eureka Rebellion Trading with Dead City Ruins! ERT is a tattoo, music, clothing and barber shop. One of the coolest places around and owner Tony Allayialis does a lot to support music by having instore signings and live sets. Big shout out to Tony and the ERT team as well as Sailor Jerry and The Music who sponsored the day!
People’s anticipation for Chainsaw Hookers Return to Rocket Room was evident and the bar surrounds were filling as people steadily trickled through the entrance. The early crowd had gathered at the front of the dimly lit venue to watch the black-t-shirt-wearing hardcore Bläckwitch do their thing. The colourfully tattooed and densely-bearded bass player exerted high levels of concentration, peering through his matted fringe and playing a complex combination of bass notes and occasionally screaming backup vocals into the mic.
A bearded crowd quickly assembled as Medicine began their set. Things heated up rapidly. Vocalist Michael Spencer removed his jumper half-way through the first song to reveal a shirt featuring a particularly unhappy looking cat. In the background, drummer Justin Kukulka was drinking water straight out of a jug. Spencer must have been jealous, and asked the room “Can I have some water by any chance? A lot of it, like… a jug… maybe?” Gravelly screaming is thirsty work! Continue reading →
Perth blood rockers Chainsaw Hookers have started a Pozible campaign to fund their unnatural addiction for female hygiene products as well as their new album. Desert Highways is very proud to have been able to have these guys on our debut release, a split 7″ that also included US legends Electric Frankenstein (a few left in store here). We love this band and think everyone should be involved in getting behind the funding of their next full length project. Continue reading →
We’re proud to announce that we will be the exclusive stockist in Australia for German label Pink Tank Records. There are releases on their way from Libido Fuzz (France) and Bone Man (Germany). If you don’t know these two bands, check them out, we’re pretty stoked to be having them in our store!