Perth’s own preachers of the filthiest of rock’n’roll sermons, The Bible Bashers, have risen from the grave to launch a sonic assault with a new EP, Rise Hard, a whirlwind debauched tour of the Eastern seaboard and recent performances at the all-hotrod, all-tattoo, all-punked-up West Coast Lowdown Festival.

    Rock’n’roll preacher and master of disaster, Laith Tierney, is dodging missiles from his bandmates in a seedy motel room somewhere in Newcastle on his “broke-ass punk band on the road” tour, but still insists, “that’s the way to do it.


    BLUES AT BRIDGETOWN – November 10-12, 2017

    Review & photography by Shane Pinnegar


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

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