From the outside, Ruby May is the epitome of success in her chosen fields, songwriter, performer, artist manager and promoter.  Scratch the surface a little and you find that, as a person who has experienced significant trauma and the mental health issues that go along with those, May defines success differently to many of us.

    “In the last few years, my life has seen really dramatic change,” she explains.  “I don’t compare myself to other people now.  I’m learning that even to be able to breathe is a miracle in itself.”


    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.


    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.”


    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.

  • 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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