• Live at the Backlot: Odette Mercy and Johnny Nandez

    Pic: Steve Worner

    “The best thing about writing and singing soul music is that it has heart, and sometimes these days people try to get caught up with being intelligent, clever and witty with their lyrics, and I don’t possess any of those skills, but what I do possess is to be honest and to be true.”

    – Odette Mercy

  • THE SHIP SONG

    Yomi Ship harbour all the most interesting of the descriptives that come after the musical catch-all that is ‘rock’.

    Instrumental, experimental, art, psychedelic, post and progressive – they are all these and more in spades, but brothers Nick Osborne (drums) and Jarred Osborne (drums) grew up in a musical family founded on some straight up rock’n’roll traditions. As young as 13 they were playing hard rock covers and originals at community festivals and Royal Shows, but evolution was afoot.

  • THAT B-TOWN BLUES

    BLUES AT BRIDGETOWN – November 10-12, 2017

    Review & photography by Shane Pinnegar

    FRIDAY

    We’re back in Bridgetown for our annual pilgrimage to The Blues. A scant three-hour drive South of Perth, this idyllic location this year hosts the TWENTY-FIFTH edition of their iconic festival: a uniquely not-for-profit, volunteer-run event attracting far too many cool musicians to spend a moment longer than necessary relaxing after driving through the glorious 33ºC spring heat.

  • 'LOT HAVE MERCY

    In the second of the Live At The Backlot: Up Close And Personal series we’ll meet the creative force behind Perth’s funk/soul favourites, Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics.

    Odette Mercy and Johnny Nandez met in the mid-2000s when both were part of the Funk Club collective. In the time since they have turned Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics into a powerhouse dancefloor-filling outfit. But while the grooves are irresistible, there’s more than meets the eye in terms of the creative dynamic and the deeper sentiments within.

  • Leaders of The Pack

    Upstart girl-powered start-up looking to change the game for local, original musicians.

  • HAPPY IN THE CLOUDS

    Indie rock darlings The Clouds are back with a brand new single and a rare WA headline show at Metropolis Fremantle on Friday, November 10, with old mates The Falling Joys in support. Shane Pinnegar gave bassist/vocalist Trish Young a call and found that the four-piece really are happy in The Clouds.

    That’s not to say they’ve just picked up where they left off in 1997 – life has changed for them all since then, but it all comes back to the music and their chemistry.

  • BACK AND FOURTH

    Russell Morris has been a pop star and a rock’n’roller in his 50-year career, but it’s as a bluesman that he’s achieved his most recent success. Fittingly, he's returning to co-headline the 25th edition of Blues at Bridgetown, his fourth appeance at the festival.

  • TALKIN’ ‘BOUT THOSE BRIDGETOWN BLUES

    Legendary Cold Chisel guitarist Ian Moss features at the 25th Anniversary Edition of Blues at Bridgetown happening Friday-Sunday, November 10-12. SHANE PINNEGAR took the opportunity to explore Mossy’s connection with The Blues.

  • My Experience, My Story…

    Bailey Lionizer reflects on life post-Sexual Reassignment Surgery with reference to the band’s song, I Dug A Hole.

    The Lionizer album came out this week, and I wanted to talk/rant about one of the songs on there. There's a link below if you'd rather just listen to tunes than read a bunch of text.

  • A MILLION MILES FROM HOME

    Photo: Bleddyn Butcher

    How Punk, The Runaways and Aussie suburban life all contributed to a classic song about being homesick in Europe.

    Mention Dave Warner and most people think of his biggest hit, Suburban Boy – a perfectly authentic slice of late-‘70s suburban Australian life which climbed to #31 in the ARIA charts, spending fourteen weeks in total in the Top 100 singles chart from 13th November, 1978.

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