• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ROCK OPERATOR

    In what is probably a Perth first, The Diments – A Rock Opera brings full theatrical production, band and dancers and a wicked tale of falling from grace into chaos. One of the four lead singers in the production, Sal Abate, fills us in on the story.

  • THE LEGACY REMAINS

    Heavy rock revivalists, Legacy Of Supremacy, have released their long-awaited second album, The Morning After. ATS pinned down singer/guitarist Jacob Kenny and found a strong family connection running through his music.

    The son of local guitar legend, Ian Kenny – who played every pub in and around town for many years with his outfit True Colours – Jacob Kenny doesn’t hesitate to sing his Dad’s praises and influence.

  • AHN FOR ART'S SAKE

    Photo: JD Photography

    As bassist for Punchbowl alt-legends Hard-Ons, Ray Ahn forged a joint career as a member of the uncompromising punk band and the artist behind most of their album covers and gig posters.

    Ahn juggles a record store day-job with his various creative pursuits. Starman Books, based right here in Perth, has just released a compendium of some 750 pieces of Ahn’s art in the suitably titled The Art Of Ray Ahn hardcover book.

  • REVIEW: X - X-citations

    X - X-citations (The Best of X & Rarities, Vol 1)

    Zenith Records

    Unlike most ‘best of’ collections, X-citations isn’t a glossy compilation of radio friendly hits neatly packaged together for aging fans to relive their glory days – X didn’t have any ‘hits’ per se, for starters.

  • X-CITATIONS

    There have been few Australian bands to embrace primal chaos as enthusiastically as X, formed by singer (and later guitarist) Steve Lucas and the late ex-Rose Tattoo bassist Ian Rilen in 1977.

    With a new ‘Best Of’ compilation under his arm, Lucas has assembled a new line-up of X, and returns to Western Australia for the first time since the band imploded on-stage in Fremantle supporting The Ramones in the late ‘80s.

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