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Takeaway Tunes || Owls and Hayley Beth

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 by Nicole Norelli

So it’s finally over. WAM has had a spectacular 5 days showcasing Perth’s finest musicians, and Takeaway Tunes (run by Love is My Velocity) was by far a highlight for me and certainly a feature Northbridge could benefit from every weekend!

To finish the WAMI weekend off, Rupert from the Owls played some psychadelic instrumental soundscapes, which was a pleasure to see the different ways in which a song can be broken down or constructed, especially just by one man.

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And last but not least, Hayley Beth graced us as the last act for TT, her performance, such power in her voice she could break glass! A big shout out to Beau for helping Hayley out on guitar, banjo and harmonica and Brendan Jay for some toe tapping tambourine slapping! Well done!

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Also a big congratulations should go out to the Love is My Velocity kids, all of whom deserve the credit for setting up such a fantastic pop-up shop! Well done once again!



Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 by Matt


WHERE: Wellington Square

WHEN: Sunday, May 23

MORE: Listen to Tierney and Pierucci on RTR FM

The smack talk from Tyranocrabs Ringmaster Laith Tierney and Crabs FC Honcho Chris Pierucci on RTR FM included a bet that could result in Pierucci getting naked on Beaufort street, inflatable goals that wouldn’t stay inflated even with all the freely available hot air from the players and Peter Barr winning another WAMI – in the Sportscasting category: That’s the Crusty Cup!



Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 by Chris


WHAT: WAMI Saturday Spectacular Closing Party

WHERE: Amplifier and Capital

WHEN: May 22

After a day exploring Northbridge, checking out all things WAM, it was time to finish off the eve at Amplifier and Capital and close out this Spectacular.

Playing early to an already bumper crowd, three piece The Jackards belted out some ball churning, heart pumping and down right excellent rock and roll tunes. Not much of what they do is original but they have a knack for guitar driven hooks and groove-laden drums.

Most promising new act Emperors hit the Amplifier stage next, with a new drummer in tow. Its fairly basic guitar based indie pop here, but when done well it doesn’t really matter, Emperors do it well and they let the audience know it.

Abbe May had to pull out of her show due to an injury to a band member, which brought Arts Martial to the Capital stage a bit later than scheduled. With this band there was a definite pattern emerging for this gig. Arts Martial, of all the bands on this gig were the least original and the least accomplished but this is not to say they are bad. They will make a name for themselves on the national stage as their music is perfect for a mass market. If you’re a member of this market, enjoy: If not – avoid.

In complete contrast, Injured Ninja take a sonic katana to your eardrums and then slice your body to pieces as you drop to the ground. They have stripped back their sound a little to produce a fury of noise and bass lines that if you are passing by sounds like chaos but if you stop and listen it all blissfully comes together, like a jigsaw of a kaleidoscope. They clearly impressed some of the WAMI Business Conference delegates which left me wondering if Perth may just have produced a successful band that does not write easy pop songs.

Back on the Capital stage, RTR FM darlings Umpire jumped up and began. The wonderfully crafted “Vapors Wrecked Your Knives” and “Streamers” were highlights of a well-devised set. If you are sitting on the fence with this band go and see them live, you’ll quickly jump down on their side.

Will Stoker and The Embers blasted out their set in the smaller room. Finding something truly original here is tough but finding talent is not. Musically this band is highly accomplished and Will Stoker is a charismatic and entertaining front man. The problem comes from the fact that his music is not enticing enough for his charm to come across as charming.

As a product of the nineties Jebediah, are reluctant heroes to many in the current Perth scene. They played a collection of new, soon to be released tracks and older fan favourites that produced the only crowd surfing seen for a long time. “Jerks of Attention”, “Puck Defender”, “Please Leave” and “Fall Down” spread smiles all around.

Jebediah looked really relaxed on stage as though they were playing these older songs for perhaps the last time. With a new record on the way it may be the case that the Jebediah of the late nineties early naughties are done.

Scotch of Saint James, Tomas Ford and French Rockets played wonderful, exciting sets with the Rockets light show taking another step forward but for this day I feel it was fitting to end with Jebediah.

The power and the popularity of West Australian music was truly on show; if only we had the audience to sustain it all year round. For all those who attended and all those who lined up to attend, WAMI showed us how good Perth music can be, go out and see it, go out and support it.

©Chris Wheeldon. 23rd May 2010.

©Photos Gemma Pike. 2010



Monday, May 24th, 2010 by Chris


WHAT: City of Perth Northbridge WAMI Saturday Spectacular

WHERE: All over Northbridge

WHEN: May 22

It’s not often Western Australian music is the most important thing in Perth. This past Saturday, Northbridge became the centre of the scene as fifty acts did their thing across nine venues for the City of Perth Northbridge Saturday Spectacular. My story covers fourteen bands, seven venues, soggy jeans and one hell of a showcase for this big little city.


Kiss My Camera

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 by Nicole Norelli

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Kiss My Camera is a photographic exhibition currently on display at the West Australian Museum in Perth as part of the WAMI’s (the WA Music Industry) showcase happening all this week. The Kiss My Camera exhibition is a new feature to the WAMI showcase, having only been in existence in the last 2 years.

There are 48 images on display tucked away on Level 2 with some of the one’s we think are the best featured on our footage (check out the vid!). The photos are taken of live West Australian musicians, international artists who have played in Perth as well as press and promotional photos for bands. There are some great portraits too, especially a fantastic candid of ex-Xpress Editor Bob Gordon as Paul Stanley from KISS taken by Lisa Businovski.

Kiss My Camera is a lovely little hats off to all those hard working photographers hustling in the media pit making sure the images you see in your local street rag and websites are top notch! And to those who have simply grabbed a great moment by being in the right place at the right time. Congratulations to all the finalists, some of whom we all know well, such as Anthony Tran (Sunset and DrumMedia), Jordan Shields (The Wire), Court McAllister (92.9), Lisa Businovski (Xpress), Jarrad Seng and Bridget Turner just to name a few!

Make sure you check it out before the 12th of July and vote for your favourite photo as well.  A People’s Choice award goes to the photographer whose image is most voted for! Then Kiss My Camera goes on it’s own little musical history tour across regional WA.



Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 by Chris


WHERE: Capitol, Perth

WHEN: May 20

EXTRAS: Thursday Night’s Winners and Craft Award Winners

Awards mean little, but recognition means a great deal and for many the WAMI Awards is that recognition of all things original and local, oh and some bands played and some people from other countries and states popped over.



Thursday, May 20th, 2010 by Matt

TrophyWhat happens when you let a bunch of extremely talented people loose on a field with a round ball? Well if the talented people are called Ronaldo, Rooney or Robinio you get a game of skill known as Football in some parts of the world and Soccer in others.  If however the people’s talents are for playing instruments and singing you get THE CRUSTACEAN CUP.



Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 by Matt

Corn_WAMIThe WAMi Festival is on again and there is, as usual, heaps to do, see and of course hear. We’re going to be filming at a few events and expect some tweets form round the place too, there’s way too much stuff for us to be able to be at everything so if you see something cool let us know!



Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 by Matt

Tomas_Ford_WammingtonMonday 17 at the Rosemount saw the first set of Wammingtons handed out to the industry’s  best practicioners. The Craft Awards are given to those people who are considered the Best in their field by their peers…