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

The Hard Aches ‘Organs + Airports’ WA Tour, Them Sharks, The Bob Gordons, Lionizer, Being Beta. Ya-Ya’s, Perth. 27-06-2014.

Words Sophie Dunsford

Tonight, the resident punkers of Ya-Ya’s Bar gathered to welcome The Hard Aches who had made the much-anticipated trek from Adelaide. It was the final stop on their Organs and Airports tour.

Junior buddies Being Beta kick started the party super early, at 7.15pm. It’s clear that their fan base is extending well beyond their friendship group now, with guitarist Jacob Impson noting “This is the most people I’ve ever seen at Ya-Ya’s before ten o’clock, I’m so happy!” Front man Andy Storey figuratively juggled synthesiser and electric guitar, and entertained everyone with trademark flailing limbs, hair flicks and wide grin. Being Beta has a new EP and is touring nationally for the first time in August.

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