Photo credits Emanuel Rudnicki @emanuelrudnicki
In light of the havoc the pandemic has wreaked on Western Australia’s arts and creative industries for the better part of the year, Giant Dwarf and Fuzz Factory Touring in partnership with Cool Perth Nights are thrilled to present Perth’s biggest post-apocalyptic party, Return to the Surface, at the Rosemount Hotel on All Hallows’ Eve, 31 October.
As Western Australia hurtles towards Phase 5 of the COVID-19 recovery roadmap, earmarked for 24 October, for lovers of heavy music in all of its many iterations, this Halloween is feeling much more like Christmas has come early.
Return to the Surface celebrates the lift of venue restrictions with, so far, 16 of Perth’s finest hard rock, stoner, grunge, punk and experimental bands, in what is the largest lineup of riff-laden live and local music Western Australia has seen under one roof since long before lockdown.
From the guitar drenched art rock of Yomi Ship and the thrash metal leanings of perennial punk favourites Scalphunter, to the whiplash inducing shredded anthems and guitar smashing of the cheeky This is Spudgun, this aural resurrection is set to sate musical appetites spanning a hefty gamut of progheads, garage grunge dwellers, desert rock trippers and those who exist within the spaces between.
In March, Western Australia’s live music industry, just like its peers around the country, was forced to shred its 2020 event calendar. A survey carried out by I Lost My Gig showed revenue in Western Australia’s live music sector was down at least $22,106,404, with 57,841 people directly impacted, and 30,335 gigs and job opportunities lost.
No strangers to the chaos caused by COVID-19, Return to the Surface was designed and dreamt up by local heavy-psych stalwarts, Giant Dwarf, with the idea of getting as many musicians back on stage as possible.
They received a WAM Song of the Year nomination for their single Black Thumb, off the back of having their east coast tour and appearance at Brisbane’s Mojo Burning festival, headlined by Temples (UK) and Kadavar (Germany), cancelled two days before the band was due to hop on the plane.
“It was a major bummer for us watching our tours and gig plans go up in flames, and I know there are so many other bands and artists in the same boat. It’s so demotivating. These events don’t just pop up out of nowhere, there’s many working pieces and players chipping away in the background for months in advance to put on your favourite festivals and shows, and overnight it really felt like the rug had been pulled out from under everyone,” said Giant Dwarf guitarist Russ Crawford.
On being able to put together Return to the Surface’s mammoth lineup Russ continued, “We’ve been lucky that WA has the potential to come out of this muck as the party capital of the world (haha). We really wanted to just do something for the live music scene, particularly with the bands and genres we dig the most, by putting on one of the biggest and riffiest lineups of WA based acts the State has seen in a very, very long time.
In terms of genre scope and number of bands, it really is just that. We’re giving Perth audiences the chance to get behind local music and even hopefully discover something new. Regardless, it’s going to be a cracker of a day just getting out and playing again alongside all of this great talent. Everyone’s just frothin’ to rip through some tunes.”
Return to the Surface kicks off at 2pm, 31 October, unfolding late into the night across three stages, for the heaviest haunting the Rosemount Hotel has ever seen.
Return to the Surface
31 October 2020
WA’s huge and heavy post-apocalyptic Halloween live music resurrection party.
16 bands | 53 musos | 3 stages