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.


    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.


    Elk Bell, AKA Tenille Elkins, has just released her second album, Republica d’fantAsia. She took time for a chat with ATS earlier this week.

    It’s been six years since the release of your debut album, Superfragilistic. With that in mind what did you want to convey on Republica d’fantAsia?


    Perth musician, Hugh Jennings, has played in esteemed bands such as Burnside, Autopilot and End of Fashion, as well as being a session player for Eskimo Joe, Bob Evans and others. He’s just released his debut solo album, Hound, and chats to ATS about how he got to this point at last.

    If memory serves, a Facebook group was once started in order to convince you to record a solo album. Was the support and insistence of friends and musos that you do this over the years a catalyst for getting it done?


    Pic: Charles Bradley at the 2015 West Coast Blues N' Roots Festival. Credit: Elspeth Erickson 

    In December of 2014 I had the fortunate opportunity to interview the late soul singer, Charles Bradley.


    Photo: Gareth Andersen

    Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse will open the Around The Sound-presented Live At The Backlot: Up Close And Personal conversation+performance series on Thursday, September 28. Bob Gordon conducted this interview with Williams upon the release of their pair’s debut Noongar language album, Kalyakoorl (meaning: ‘forever’) in April, 2014. A new album is on the horizon, but this chat provides a nice background to the evening ahead and the passion of the project.


    Pic: Rachael Barrett

    Ruby Boots, AKA Bex Chilcott has been residing in Nashville for the last 12 months. It’s one of the places where she feels at home, but it’s provided her with yet another journey. 

    “I’ve learnt over the years to really not have expectations,” she says down the line from Detroit, where she travelled recently to catch Tom Petty in concert. “I feel that amplifies the journey a little more. So I went to Nashville with a really open mind.  Obviously, I had a goal to write my record, but I didn’t know how I was going to get there.”


    Indie-pop outfit, Young Robin, have released a new single, Stay. It’s a song that quite appropriately had an unsure beginning.

    “This song started with a riff Ben (Teune, guitar) had over a year ago,” explains bass player, Hamish Graham. “We liked the riff but sat on it for a while, not sure where it should go, until one day it just started coming together and pretty soon we had the song finished.

    “The song itself is about being in a point in life where you're faced with making a tough decision and being unsure which way to go.”

  • ALL ACTION WRESTLING – can’t find a beta man

    Pic: Everything's Alpha

    Mild-mannered music reporter, Bob Gordon, has never felt so threatened near the ring. Bundled into the boot of a Statesman Deville he was later threatened at chair-point then forced to sit on it and interview All Action Wrestling impresario, Marc Midas, lest he never don platform-heels again. After a quarter-century of interviewing showbiz assholes, the ATS Editor’s discovered a whole new breed...

    What is your role in this damnation? Are you some kind of ringmaster? 


    Greg Dear returned to the Perth music scene a couple of years ago after immersing himself in a career in forensics. Two new Beautiful Losers albums, Fade Out (2015) and Owls (2017) have been released, but appropriately they were preceded by a compilation, Cherry Pickings, which collected and thereby preserved some important recordings from his past.

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