Saturday 16 November marks another step forward in the evolution of The Aardvark, the beautifully home-like live music venue that inhabits the basement of Fremantle’s Norfolk Hotel. Formerly the Odd Fellow, the shift in the venue’s name a bit over a year ago has seen the booking team continue to focus on local original music and build a strong reputation for hosting Perth and Fremantle’s hottest bands and artists.
If you’re looking for a snapshot of all that’s great about the Perth/Fremantle original music scene, this is a pressing you need to get your hands on.
This weekend, The Aardvark launches Sounds Of The Aardvark Vol. 1, a vinyl compilation of the bar and booking team’s 10 favourite artists pressed onto translucent yellow vinyl in a limited run of 100.
If you’re looking for a snapshot of all that’s great about the Perth/Fremantle original music scene, this is a pressing you need to get your hands on. Encapsulated in the 10 songs on the compilation is a record (punny, we know) of the strength and diversity of what’s happening in our scene right now.
It’s hard to pin down the goodness that’s on this album without making references that diminish the flair and originality of the artists represented. There’s 80s inspired pop, hip hop, folk, alt-country, indie… It’s doing our head in right now trying to say something that will give those not already in the know an understanding of how good this slab of music is.
And that’s kind of the point. There’s something happening in Perth and Freo right now that is extraordinary. Plenty of locals know about it, but nowhere near enough. So, here’s the deal for the uninitiated. A long time ago in the 90s, unknown bands like Nirvana played to paltry audiences in venues like Seattle’s Chop Suey, tiny little dive bars inhabited mostly by musos and their mates. They were, and still are, friendly places that make room for everyone, even people who would normally have spent their evenings at home watching the latest episode of Northern Exposure of ER. Of course, when bands like Nirvana broke worldwide and revolutionised contemporary music, everyone wanted a piece of the ‘Seattle Sound’, even the denizens of TV-land.
Fast-forward to Perth and Freo 2019-20 and we’re on the cusp of something just as rich as the explosion of the Seattle Sound, and it’s happening in venues all over our city, just like the Aardvark. Sounds Of The Aardvark Vol. 1 is an important document of our music scene just before the crest of the wave that will take those sounds to the world’s arenas and stadiums. It’s also a damned fine listen!
Get your hands on a copy and get down to The Aardvark on Saturday night to hear some of the bands and artists on the record doing their stuff live. Then you’ll get what we mean, because words don’t do it justice.
The evening will feature live sets from Noah Dillon, The Spring Peaks, Didion’s Bible, Web Rumors, Lincoln MacKinnon & The Wrecking Train, Bass Lemon, The Psychotic Reactions, Salary (Solo) + special guest DJs.
Tickets for the launch are on sale now and a very limited number of records are also available for purchase as part of a ticket bundle deal. You can get tickets here.