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.


    Photo: Dan Grant

    Continuing their rise from the suburbs, Verge Collection kicked off a national tour last week in support of their newly released single, For The Story, covering Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Appropriately enough, new stories have already been created.

    “It's been amazing,” says vocalist/guitarist, Ben Arnold. “We were just shocked so many people on the East Coast gave a shit and we were able to sell out the shows.


    Perth’s unassuming guitar virtuoso, Errol H. Tout, has returned with a new release entitled Luminous, an album in three parts and many more layers within.

    Tout’s last release, 2013’s The Post Tumour Humour Album, was conceived and recorded in the midst of - and about – his 2012 diagnosis with cancer and the ongoing battle.  As such, the thinking process as to the orientation and focus of what was to become a new album turned out to be an interesting one indeed.


    Recently, your correspondent has moved house. The Shire of Fremantle had been calling me for the longest time.


    When Lance Ferguson, the acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist and bandleader of Melbourne soul powerhouse, The Bamboos, decided to venture out under his own moniker, it was always going to be a solo album with a difference.

    And so it is. Raw Material saw him write and record 12 new songs, six which were then sent out to Ferguson’s favourite producers to create a new work, the other half being reworked by the man himself.


    Photo Gallery: Bells Rapids, Feels, Abbe May

    A new report from the University of Sydney, Skipping a Beat, has been released, assessing the state of gender equality in the Australian music industry. Coming as no surprise, the results aren’t flattering.

  • PUNK HITS ‘77

    Pic: J-F-Foto

    1970’s Perth band The Victims were pioneers of punk music not only here but nationally and eventually around the world. Original members Dave Faulkner and James Baker are once again teaming up with Hard-Ons bassist, Ray Ahn, for some hometown shows.   

    In 1975 through ’76 Perth drummer James Baker went overseas on a trip that took him to London and New York.


    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.


    Photo: J'aime Fazackerley Photography

    Hot on the heels of the release of their second album High Visceral {Part 2}, ATS catches up with singer/guitarist/songwriter, Jack McEwan, to delve into the trippy world of the hilariously-but-awkwardly named Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – starting with the name itself.


    Despite the excitement surrounding the release of her debut album, Low Blows, Meg Mac cuts a relaxed figure as she ponders her career thus far on a sunny Friday afternoon at Perth’s Brisbane Hotel.

    “You’re always trying to make a moment, I guess. Whether it’s for someone else or for yourself."

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