Following such a dynamic set put Ashes of Autumn front person Mel on edge and generated the nervous tension necessary to go above and beyond. Ashes of Autumn responded in kind as one and delivered a stunningly powerful performance. With strutting, screaming, pouting and harmoniously shouting backed by a dynamic hard and heavy rock unit, Mel and the Ashes of Autumn cooperative kicked ass big time. This gig was launching their new single “SuperNova” and this track also launched their supersonic set. They crossed into the twilight time zone as their hour long eighties heavy metal nineties flavoured hard rock set of originals flew pass in no time at all. While the smallish numbers were attributed to festive and covid-19 hangover period on an artistic level it was success story that should become destined to become legendary in the annuals of the Perth Rock music scene.
Hailmary’s revamped line-up ripped into their set as a perfectively complementary full force riffing machine. New member was vocal focal Kev’s right hand guitar man playing his second gig. You would never have guessed as it was fluid and smooth as well as hard and heavy. The new line up maintained their high standard of their Black Sabbath meets Soundgarden heavy riff action, explosive drumming (featuring one of the best four drummers of the night) and excellent bass foundation. With a set list made up of new and old Hailmary delivered big time and move the assembled into spontaneous outbreaks of head banging and air guitar play. And the night keep moving to another level.
Zorah commenced their set with chilled down tones that were cemented by equally frantic energy that previous band pervaded. Moving into heavy vibes the lead singer on guitar ran into technical difficulties as her amp blew. However they stuck to the task at hand and as a collective, got back in track and finished with a flourish of integrated grinding compression of jarring vibrations that made you want to dance.
With guitar shredder Connor on vocals spearheading the unit it was a high dynamic, high octane frantic head banging assault from the word go. Well supported by the other musicians the unit gelled into a solid thrashing storm front. A great way to open the nights proceedings.
Acoustic with heart and soul playing a well chosen set of originals and covers the raw edged honey voice of Jason was a perfect way to kick off of the proceedings. With a great start the vision of a great day was coming on strong.
Dirty Harry got their guns out and came out blazing. Shooting up Pat Bentar and Don Henley to name a few it was rip snorter of a cover band set and got the gathering swinging, swaying and moving to the groove.
Perth’s premier cover, Odyssey of Rock, are calling it a day after giving the Perth music scene sterling service. Hard rockin’, no stopping the Boys laid Down the Beat, keeping it sweet. Tributes to the Stones, Queen, Kiss, Stevie Wright and ZZ Top were among the flow. An outstanding moment was when the very talented guitarist James Caldwell’s tribute to the recent departure of EVH. A quintessential rendering of ‘Eruption’ blew the roof off. Led Zep’s “Rock N Roll” was also a crowning moment in this gem of a set by some of Perth’s finest. Local legend and organiser of the day, Bomber, led from the front with a powerful stage presence and equally powerful rock vocals, taking it to the limit.
Winner of the Australian Songwriters 2018 Rock / Indie category (“Honey N Money”) livewire Tony Corea was up next. Fronting a talented three piece Anthony music was uplifting for the soul and put a smile on your face. Finishing off the set with a bar floor walk around Anthony won over a few more fans by putting his much vaunted talents on display.
Bohemian Crash are making a stir in the melting pot of the local music scene soup. Lead with the extraordinary powerful vocals of Haylee Robins and some intense guitar work the driving beat original song list get the feet tapping and jaws yapping. A fantastic set to drive the day along.
Fighting for Their Right to Party cover band Nitraine got in amongst it. With a set list ranging from Motorhead to Ian Moss to the aforementioned Bestie Boys it was time to rock out. Bohemian Crash Bohemian Crash are making a stir in the melting pot of the local music scene soup. Lead with the extraordinary powerful vocals of Haylee Robins and some intense guitar work the driving beat original song list get the feet tapping and jaws yapping. A fantastic set to drive the day along.
The amazing talents of Henry McInnes bamboozled the watching musio’s and assembled musical aficionado’s alike. A short but sweet set of originals with one cover, an amazing acoustic version of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck”. If you see the name try to get out and support, or contact Henry via Facebook to grab his brilliant recordings. Hear, and see, what all the fuss is about.
One of the best AC/DC cover bands in Australia assembled on stage for a shorter than usual set. It was a bitter sweet affair as after 35 years fronting banding local legend Bomber is calling live performances quiets. Sounding more like Brian Johnson than Brian Johnson, Bomber led this hand picked band of Perth’s finest as they cherry picked from the second best selling rock album of all time, of course AC/DC’s “Back in Black” opus. The normal set is to run through the said recording end to end, but due to set time overruns, instead we got their choice cuts, such as “Hells Bells”, “Shoot to Thrill”, “You Shook Me …” to name a few. Also some excellent songs were pulled from the topdrawer of AC/DC’s other recordings (think “Sink the Pink”, “Jailbreak”, “Dirty Deed” as examples). Bomber is walking off while he’s still on top of the game so let’s hope there may be another chance for him to grace the stage. The small but dedicated congregation gave a Bomber a sound send off.
The Rock N Roll Outlaws of Perth brought closure to the proceedings in their own inimitable way. Nearing the end of a brutal set of head banging thrash metal that was tight, loud and grinding the spirits came out to play. Drinking funnel, smashed guitar and groups focal member flat on his back on and off the stage. Classic, This Is Spun Gun.
Playing original headbanging trash to perfection, dare I say it, but This Is Spud Gun are one of the ‘go-to’ Heavy Trash bands in Perth. With an early start to this evening’s proceedings the small gathering of music aficionados got into the set while TISG were playing to a stadium size crowd. Such in their intensity. A fantastic opening to a musical banquet.
Legacy Alive played a blistering set giving new compositions as run as well a crowd fav’s such as “Firefight”, “Replay” and “Lucid”. Legacy Alive are leading a Heavy Metal charge a la Tokyo Blade/Iron Maiden/NWOBHM style. With duelling guitar solo’s, driving drums and bass and Jacob Kenny going for the throat with rip n tear solo’s Legacy Alive are keeping the spirit alive in Perth.
Antidote are living their Rock N Roll dream with a headline gig at Amps Bar. Technically sound and playing with enthusiasm and drive these boys are a good time party band. With a set of two halves, one originals, one covers , they had the foxy bar staff singing and dancing along with the incoming patrons. As the inter song banter suggested Antidote are Rock N Rolls answer to Harry Potter. Don’t wake up Boys and Keep The Dream Alive.
Tonight the crazy genius of the Southern River Band’s leader and full force loving machine, Callum, opened the Pandora’s Box of the many talents and surprises that exist within the many worlds of SRB. First, and foremost, the highly anticipated musical skills, starting with the phenomenal lighting fast, thunderous road, rip n tear, cut and thrust lead guitar play. Side kick guitar slinger Donny was more noticeable tonight, taking his fair share of lead breaks. Along with rampaging bass (Pat) and roving drums (Tood) SRB were on point. Calum dropped the guitar for the mic on numerous occasions, displaying his perchance for romance and strutting his stuff, with prancing and dancing that was on par with Abba. I kid you not. The best vocals of the night were when Todd Pickett stepped down from his kit and gave an outstanding presentation of his harmonious pipes on a slow number (memory challenges arise). Never one to be short for words Cal’s inter-song banter was hilarious. At one point his banter was unscheduled when the crowd got a little too rowdy during the outstanding rocker “Chimney”. Other standouts being “Chasing After Love” crowd singing along, “Do You Miss Me”, “Stan Qualen”, “Let It Ride”. Hell the whole damm set. Family members jammed, Lightnin Jack jammed, and the sold-out venue jammed. With fire stacks, smoke machines this was an epic performance. One that is sure to be repeated and check em out while you can. Cos far and away these crazy birds will fly.
Lightnin’ Jack made a welcome return to the Freo Social, venturing down from his beloved hinterland to the Dirty Old Town of Freo. Not sure if this was the driver behind a more gritter, electric body based, six string set this time around. The foot tapping, back slapping performance still that transpired was raw, blues soaked, passionate master class performance. Well appreciated by the music aficionados who ventured in early and supported.
When the nuclear fallout of the Caballeros had settled there could only be one band in Perth that could follow that and make sense of it all. The Best All Female AC/DC cover band in Perth, if not Australia, Ballbreaker powered up and fired a salvo of classic AC/DC dynamite setlist tunes. With dynamic skill and musical talent (this Rock Warriors can play, sing and move and then some) server up a slab of foundation Rock. Also flying without a set list I’m afraid my battered brain cells can only regurgitate “High Voltage, “Big Balls, “TNT” and “Whole Lotta Rosie”. But there was more, so much more. Next time these Ballbreakers are around do yourself and favour, get out and get back to the roots of Live Rock Music.
The most hated band in Perth, because they are the best dressed, took the energy from Flyball Gov’nor, and transmutated it to split the atom. That can be the only explanation for the nuclear explosion that was The Calballeros set. Playing with majestic skill and speed they blasted off into their stratosphere, sucking up those in attendance and drawing them stage front. With such a cunning plan, lead vocalist Jake Dr.Greeen was able to unleash his messianic persona into the venue and walk amongst his followers, feeding them a diet of Caballeros Heart Break Rock N Roll originals. The band now leaderless on stage flung themselves around in panic and distress but without missing a beat, riff or note come to that. Such is the intensity of a a Caballeros performance, paradoxical in itself by being the same but never the same. The ‘sameness’ being you never know what to expect but there is a knowledge that it will be loud guitars, frantic drums and demented bass playing all orchestrated by a mad genius. Whose sole aim is to resurrect the spirit of outrageous rock and roll from which ever time period it had manifested itself in. Without a songlist the musical menu was cooked up on the run, but with the style and flamboyance of a Nigella Lawson and Gordon Ramsey Love Child. Nearing the end of the set the Dr begged and cajoled members of the headline band to join them on stage for an Easybeats cover song. Ballbreaker members Selina and Lauren obliged on backing vocals while Katheryn joined on lead vocals on a later number. It was at this stage Caballeros guitarist Jason abandoned his instrument giving to Selina, while grabbing a mic to share, and spar, vocals with the Doctor. The Caballeros can be summed up by saying every show is mad, never bad and will always makes you smile.
Flyball Gov’nor are a no holds bar drums-bass-guitar-vocals rock five piece led by a feisty bubbling blonde on the mic. With a punk-grunge-aussie alternative rock sound they blew away the basement blues and fired up the gathered musical aficionados. It was a high-octane set played with such passion and enthusiasm it left the lead vocalist collapsed and crumped on a heap on the stage by the end of it. Thankfully she recovered to finish off the set. It was radical.
Keeping the jazz feel going Chelsea, and her partner musical partners in crime laid it down and spun the assembled musical aficionado’s around. With another angelic voice intertwined with some jazz bass grooves and boom box beats here was another talented singer song writer baring her soul and letting the good vibes flow. Chelsea and her Elderflowers were in full bloom and I’m sure we will continue to see them blossom. Not only does Girl Power Unite it nurtures and nourishes spiritual growth too.
With angelic charm Liz built up the sound bringing in electric rhythm support that fleshed out the sound splash, venturing into power pop to jazz infused sounds. Whipping up the energy the dancers got in early and made sure the energy flow reverberated back to the performers. Yet another example of a passionate and talented song writer unleashing her musical powers.
Maintaining the energy flow, as well as the sense of occasion Danni K took to the stage and immediately captivated the assembled. With Danni’s first ticketed performance now in progress she drove the boom box beat along. With more of a country swing Danni’s powerful vocal lead the way, removing the focus from her considerable guitar skills. Another talented singer-songwriter, like the preceding performer, a mix of covers and originals enabled the dancers among the gathering to let the spirt flow and groove on. A fascinating performance and another name to watch out for in the local scene.
Jess Humby opened the proceedings and at once extended a friendly invitation to stay. Gentle melodic harmonies with warm vocals, flowed and wrapped you in a cocoon of protective feminine power. Her self-confidence and stage presence defied the fact that this was Jessies inaugural live performance. Playing a mix of covers and self-penned compositions Jess earned the musical aficionado’s applause. The spirit reverbed as they flocked to the dance floor for the closing numbers. A name to watch for in the local singer-song writer circles.
Legs Electric rode into town and blew away the Margaret River Covid-19 Blues with their brand of Maximum Rock n Roll. Heartbreakers, love takers, they won over new fans who were slammed against the wall by the sonic soundwaves. Hard edged melodic rock resonating with the spirit of the mistresses and masters who have gone before (think Joan Jett, Girlschool, Deep Purple, Def Leppard, Baby Animals, Suzi Quatro, The Who et al) they crashed the The River like a surf break. A solid set of Legs classics plus some new treats mixed in – see set list pic for details. With the bass hitting you like a runaway road train, the on point drumming hammering like Lionel Rose jabs, electric solo’s frying your brain and powerful vocal’s delivering the knockout blow there is nowhere to run and nothing to do but surrender. The Girls Are Back!! Abbe May wanted the best band around to support and that’s what Her Majesty got.
With a packed house the Covid-19 disrupted gig of March finally got underway. Working as a three piece with clever technical dubs Abbe took the energy reverberating from Legs Electric and quadrupled it delivering a flawless performance of Her Majestic compositions. If you want heavy funk sonic acid house country blues (music sex mixture) that make you sway, dance and move then Abbe’s sounds are for you. With a brilliant catalogue for “The Devil and Abbe May” to “Design Desire” there’s always the chance you may get some “Hawaiian Disease”. Even when Abbe says “Kiss My Apocalypse” you know that will only bear good “Fruit”. And such was the case tonight. At one stage the spirit carried Abbe into continuing to perform solo beyond the planned solo numbers, giving the band a good-natured extended break. When Abbe and band closed the set, rapturous cries for “more” demanded their return for an encore. As a side note there must have been something special in the air. For when the usual camera-scan card-PC process was carried out post gig some of the pics decided to chop then selves up and give Ausland181 a gift of artistic autism A mammoth night of fantastic live music down at “The River”.
Dressed for the occasion and dedicating their show to the “Power of the Pussy” Special Feelings got down with laid some chilled out jazz vibes. They won the musical aficionado’s over to their way of thinking. Special Feelings might become a bad habit of mine.
Black River Ransom are a formidable hard rock three piece. They deliver the goods in no uncertain terms and always on their terms. Their vibrations got in the audience and uplifted them with an atomic force. Like a full force loving machine Black River Ransom were in constant rocking, movement mode on stage. Definitely a band to keep on eye, or two, on.
A Moana performance is a juxtaposition of spirituality. Calmness at the centre of the storm while Moana is the eye of the storm herself. A gyrating form of non-stop movement, fluid and evolving, erupting like a sensual volcano. Emerging on stage to a rapturous welcome, backed by a rhythmic vibration from her band, Moana conjured up musical spirits with a chanting spell. Powerful indeed. The next 40 minutes or so were an explosion of anthemic spell bound energic rock wrapped and mixed with superb musical skills all round. Controlled guitar mayhem, sonic layered bass tying it all together, driven by hard hitting drumming and Moana’s commanding vocals that go into orgasmic heights. Drawing from Moana’s previous releases the performance built to a crescendo with an explosive version of the new single “Kingdom”. The euphoric audience would not let Moana and her band go until they played their version of “One More Song”. A successful single launch indeed.
With a high benchmark to follow “Back in Black 40th Anniversary” performed like Olympic Champions and pulled off a world beating performance. Celebrating the anniversary of the release of “Back in Black”, the second highest selling Rock album of all time, they pulled a master stroke and continued with the building of AC/DC’s church. With Bomber leading from the front with strong, emotive vocals they hammered the message home with some of Perth’s top musicians. Once “Back in Back” was played end to end being masters of their trade also some Bon classic’s were rocked out (see song list photo for details). With a great sound, pyro show and a packed venue they justified their status as one of Perth’s top pub bands. Great band camaraderie displayed by Brett guesting on the encore and rest of Bon’s Salute sticking around to witness the events. What a night of AC/DC Rocks, doing AC/DC members past and present proud.
AC/DC Rocks built a church to AC/DC at the Beaconsfield Hotel, Fremantle. Bon’s Salute opened the preceding’s and as the name suggests these rockers specialise in Bon Scott AC/DC era. Featuring a vocal dead ringer singer named Brett, they’re a bunch of “Livewires” who know “It’s A Long Way to the Top” but they Want to Rock n Roll. With a 13 song set list (see photo) of classic Bon the assembled congregation were rockin’ in the preverbal isles. They set a high bench mark for Back in Black 40th anniversary to follow up.
The venue was full to the bar as the Scatterback boys got up to strut their stuff at Lucy's Love Shack . They unleashed their brand of Guitar Sovereignty fueled by a bunch of catchy riffs, funked up bass and power drumming. It got hot and sweaty as room pulsated with their love vibrations oscillating Lucy’s Love Shack. This unit is up and coming with star quality. Pulling up a guest singer for one song they flew through their set and the assembled congregation would not let them go until they played a encore. They turned the Musical Church the preceding bands built into a Fun(k) House. Yeah!
Opening artists Baka Gaijin laid their jazz influenced love vibes down and free to roam on the small gathering that had assembled in Lucy's Love Shack . This four-piece band of love cats let loose, poking, prodding and shaping the energy waves as only they can. It was a well-received set and when they brought it to a close the loyal following that dig their musical vibes took a step back for the next set of music aficionado's to move forward. And so the next chapter in the Scatterback single launch book unfolded.
With the music aficionado's, party people and all others well and truly warmed up Dan Howls turned up the energy even more. With a blues based funky rock set Dan blasted heavenwards. Joined on stage through the night by Thea on sax (The Tommyhawks), the Friendliest Rock Star in the World, Abbe May (vocals and guitar) then Lightin Jack (guitar) it was a collective performance. When Abbe ascended onto stage with the lights turning red, was it a sign the Devil had joined Ms May? The audience participated supporting band members stage dives and crowd surfing. With another show added a repeat performance, with more twists and turns is due for 02nd October.
Despite a seven month lay off The Tommyhawks showed no signs of rust and put in a beautifully melodic set. Built around their ‘Underground Raptor’ release they got the audience up close and moving adding to the party atmosphere of this soirée.
If you like you metal fast, sharp and crisp then Legacy Alive will meet your auditory wants. Playing to a COVID19 capacity crowd they hit the right spot with a virtuoso twin guitar attack set backed by vibrant bass and forceful drums. With a playlist featuring the old and new, their standing in Perth’s rock community could be measured by the high proposition of fellow musicians in attendance. Considering the small stage it was a Dynamic Exhibition of Excellence in Action @ Lucy's Love Shack.
Lighting Jack put on a Blues masterclass in the opening set of the Covid-19 Sold Out Dan Howl gig at Freo Social last night. Supported by Cal Kramer (Southern River Band) on drums, free ticket and Jack Daniels they whipped up a storm and the music aficionado's got rowdy.