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Back from extinction with Wooly Mammoth

Andrew Ryan

We're lucky to live in a city that is always producing talented new artists, musicians, bands and performers. Local act Wooly Mammoth have risen from this sweet city of ours and emerged in the wave of new acts taking our hearts. It was our pleasure to get an insight into the beautiful double single 'Arrival', Wooly Mammoth will be launching this weekend at Rosemount Hotel during my chats with Jon and Christian from the band.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourselves, and how you came to play together?

Jon: I had a few songs written and along with Andrew (Bass), I’d been trying to get a band together for a while, but nothing had really clicked. This led me to WAAPA, where I found myself in the same course as Christian (Guitar, Keys, Vocals) and the two of us hit it off immediately. Josh (Drums), who was also studying with us, came into the picture a little bit later. The 4 of us gel together as both a band and friends and we all share an absolutely un-ashamed love for playing and listening to music.

You’ve been playing around for a little while now, what’s your favourite aspect of being part of this community?

Christian: Everyone is tight, and most have each others back. Though we're the most isolated city in Australia, there are no hard feelings for those who move onto bigger and better things - everyone gets right around them.

Do you recall your first gig? We all love a good origin story!

Christian: It solidified that this whole band thing was going to work, for me anyway. We packed out 459 Bar, and with mates like that you can't go wrong. I do remember not being able to move a muscle though.

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Your music fuses a lot of styles together - a bit of dream pop, jangley rock, a hint of jazz - was this a conscious decision, or did it happen organically?

Christian: Organically, definitely. We all listen to different artists, and though we're playing the same song and we're all on the same wave length, different influences always shine through.

You’re launching your double single ‘Arrival’ at the Rosemount this weekend. What was the idea behind this release?

Jon: We had a couple of songs that we felt stood out among our early tunes. We were also really keen to get some more music out there, and while we didn’t feel we were ready for an EP, we thought a ‘Double Single’ would be a good way to do so.

Christian: Neither climbed on top of the other either. It didn’t feel like one of them should be an A-side. 

The artwork is beautiful. Who is the designer/artist and what was the inspiration behind it?

Jon: Responsible for the painting is fantastic local artist named Jane Spencer. In the process of recording the songs, I visualized a painting featuring a woman facing forward and a male gazing across at her. To me it represented the break down of a relationship. I took this idea to Jane and we bounced a couple of ideas back and forward and ended up with the beautiful centerpiece that’s now on the CD cover! We then enlisted the help of James Shepherd, who beautifully captured the painting on location for us.

Tell us a little about the supports joining you on the night.

Jon: The lineup is a bit of a family affair. I used to play music with Michael and I’m a huge fan of his stuff, so it was awesome to get him on board. He’ll be opening the night with his beautiful acoustic tunes. Noah Dillon and his band play a striking brand of indie folk and Demon Days are the coolest neo soul cats going round Perth right now. We met both bands through WAAPA and at the end of the day, they’re our mates and people we respect and we are beyond excited to share what should hopefully be a special night with them!

What album (or albums) are you really loving at the moment?

Bob Evans - Suburban Songbook. Though it was released over a decade ago now, I still find the intertwining melodies and song arrangements quite interesting. Kevin's voice sound like home to me, too. Christian

Alabama Shakes – Sound and Colour. Chilled vibes and great grooves for the drive to uni. Gimme All Your love, especially, is an absolute tune. Josh

Bloc Party – Weekend In the City. This album is filled to the brim with great lyrics, emotion, edginess and musical creativity. I love the raw energy of the vocals. Andrew

Jordan Rakei – Cloak. This album has everything, grooves, emotion and atmosphere to get lost in. The man is a genius. Jon

You can join Wooly Mammoth along side Demon Days, Noah Dillon and Michael Dunstan celebrating their new single 'Arrival' at the Romseount Hotel Friday April 28.

Interview conducted by Ellen Oosterbaan.

Stella Donnelly's Thrush Metal

Andrew Ryan

Stella Donnelly is yet another freakishly talented person from the W.A music scene. She has the chops and the ‘tude. CPN have been given the privilege of exclusively sharing her latest EP Thrush Metal. Company head honcho Andrew had a tiny chat about the new EP, the scene and Stella’s launch.

Andrew: Mechanical Bull feels tough and isolated. How do you feel about those words and what are few additional words that describe your enjoyment/ catharticism that comes with sharing this song with others?

Stella: Yeah this song definitely touches on the experience of feeling isolated in a relationship and also working in a bar and serving men that physically and verbally treat you like piece of shit. I was scared to show this really angry side of myself to people but it feels good now that I've done it.

Andrew: Aside from this do you enjoy the music community in Perth AND who are some artists your really relate with – off top of your head?

Stella: The music community in Perth is great and getting greater. There is more awareness now around diversity, safety and acceptance and because of this I love going to shows! 

Some Perth artists that I relate to and/or enjoy the music of at the moment are Lifestyle, Foam, Oosterbanger, Heathcote Blue, Lana, Terrible Signal, Tanaya Harper and New Nausea.

Andrew: When and where and with whom are you launching this EP?

Stella: The launch for this is going to be at the Bird on Thursday the 6th of April, with Shit Narnia, Lewis O'Donnell and BOAT SHOW.

Listen to Stella Donnelly's new EP Thrush Metal below!

5 Minutes With The Hunting Birds

Andrew Ryan

Folk-rock quintet The Hunting Birds have been announced as a local support for modern Americana heroes The Lumineers, Saturday April 22 at Metro City! Cool Perth Nights writer Amber Fresh met up with guitarist Connor Minervini to chat songwriting, which dream act they'd love to support and hitting up the Nonno for olive foraging tips in Fremantle. 

AF: You guys are from Fremantle, but where are you actually from? 

THB: It's funny, I was born and raised in Fremantle myself. But I'm the only one - I'm super grateful to have my hometown as the band's adopted one. As for the rest - three others are from regional country WA and our guitarist Chris was born in Saudi Arabia I'm fairly sure. How exotic is that though?  

AF: How do you guys write? Who's involved and how? Has Kendra ever brought you lyrics that you didn't want to sing or vice versa?

THB: Most of the time it's very dependent on the song and overall position of the band. Sometimes it's Kendra or I bringing in a finished work that the rest help polish, other times Kendra and I sit in a room and try to get the song down to bring to the guys in rehearsal. As far as not singing lyrics - we do argue from time to time when we write, but I guess that's more a passionate thing than hating the others' opinions and musical choices - we are fairly straight forward when we express how we feel about words or melodies. 

AF: Have you ever been angry enough to actually burn a house down? What deeply gets your goat in this world? 

THB: I have not gone down the route to becoming an arsonist unfortunately - if that's the question. How bad are cheeky speed cameras and parking fine mediators though? Answer - the worst. 

AF: You guys are playing with The Lumineers in April - were/are you fans already, or is this going to be a first taste? Who'd be your dream to play with? Any guesses for how the other members would answer that question?

THB: Kendra and I are major fans of The Lumineers. I had listened to their debut album when I was in high school and one of my best friends Michael and I would talk about and play their tunes in the car religiously when he got his licence. It's one of those things that I have extremely fond memories of - it's an honour to be opening for them.

Honestly as a folk-rock band this is a dream come true in a lot of ways. 

I think it would be wrong not to say that we would have loved the chance to play with Fleetwood Mac - there are so many great artists that we all individually strive to one day play with, but Fleetwood are close to the top of all our lists.  

AF: What's your best memory of singing, together or alone or with someone else? 

THB: I think a lot of the time playing or singing is always producing new memories and I have enjoyed so many thus far in my lifetime. I guess my favourite memories would just have to be my first memories - realising as I was introduced to music that it was something I felt connected to whole heartedly and letting it become a major part of my fabric. 

AF: Favourite bird - present or prehistoric.... I realise if you're a true bird lover this one may be hard to answer....

THB: Owls - they are just the coolest little predators ever.

AFI've been picking olives and hunting herbs around Freo - do you have any hot tips for places to go for musicians to get the best, cheapest entertainment or comestibles in the Port City? 

THB: You could talk to my Nonno about getting olives. If anyone ever sees a small 75 year old Italian man walking the streets of Fremantle (like there isn't a heap already) with a bucket full of olives - feel free to ask where he picked them. He would probably lie to you though, very sneaky.

As far as musicians go, we are so spoiled for choice in Fremantle. From up and coming bands, national staples and international acts gracing us year round. Venue wise I am a fan of The Odd Fellow just under the Norfolk Hotel for a lower price local/national show, it's pretty intimate and leaves you to really listen and engage with what's happening on stage. 

AFHow would you convince a family member to go to The Lumineers show?

THB: Such a good question - tricky. I'm not quite sure how I would go about convincing them to be honest! I think my family are really supportive - as are all the band's families to be fair. I think it would take very little to convince them this was a show they need to see! 

AFWhat are the Hunting Birds hoping for in the next 12 months >>>>>>>?

THB:We are going to really get to work with organising our debut EP and getting some more touring under our belt, just trying to get ourselves familiar with the Eastern states. Fingers crossed for a fruitful twelve months. 

Find tickets to The Hunting Birds supporting The Lumineers at Metro City April 22 at the Metro City website

Chatting the Big Chats with The Money War

Andrew Ryan

The Money War meld Californian and WA flavours in their sound, set to hit the Metro City stage with The Lumineers on April 22. CPN's Amber Fresh chatted the big chats with Dylan Ollivierre, man part of the handsome duo.

Amber: Hello Dylan!

After being part of variously futile and fruitful action to stop destruction of Beeliar Wetlands, seeing how police, big business and government really truly work in collusion, my lady balls are swinging further to the 'anarchy' setting. We all know 'War/what is is good for?/absolutely nothing'; do you also agree 'Money/what is it good for?/absolutely nothing'? My dream is that your band name represents some deep political convictions, but feel free to disambiguate me… 

Dylan: Ah yup, I’ve lived in Bibra Lake pretty much my whole life so it has been extremely upsetting and strange for me to see what is happening with Roe 8. The band name isn’t meant to be specifically political, more just represents my view on the world right now if I were to try and encapsulate it in a few words. It was a phrase that we used heaps when writing our first batch of songs- kind of like an album title that represented what we were writing about.
Amber: Same question, in relation to your song "Stars"? Do the imbalances between haves and have nots always affect you, or was it a particular LA phenomenon you were writing about? 
Dylan: Yup, definitely. The imbalance is everywhere but LA was the worst and most blatant display of it that I’ve seen. I mean, a lot of people have talked about it before, but it really shook me up how many homeless people there are.
Amber: So from the story of your band it seems like you got all the chess pieces in place "industry"- wise before recording (management, label etc), before getting deeper into songwriting. Is that true or have I got the queen in the pawn's spot etc? Are you guys keen on being 'in the music industry' or are you just writing songs for pleasure/other reasons?
Dylan: If it weren’t for our manager, we probably wouldn’t have put the songs out - or definitely wouldn’t have approached it in such a precise way. Pete managed my previous band Rainy Day Women and wouldn’t let up on me having another crack. I’m always writing songs - it’s the main thing I like to do in my life, but I was kind of burnt out by the rest of it.
Amber: Your songs seem made for radio, catchy Best-Coasty tracks, with the bonus of both of you (Dylan + Carmen Pepper) being strong singers. How have you guys been writing so far? Who's musical heart is in the tracks and in what ways?
Dylan: So far, they’ve all been my songs. We have a lot of songs that aren’t as radio friendly that will hopefully see the light of day, but when it comes time to release music, the most immediate tracks usually get favored. We both love and grew up on pop music, so it’s not a specific consideration to write stuff that’ll be catchy.
Amber: How do you get a whole band sound when you play live? 
Dylan: Live it’s a 5 piece made up of some of our friends.
Amber: Seeing as we're talking on International Women's Day, what's it like to be a man in music in 2017? 

Dylan: I haven’t been in the industry that long, but in my time I haven’t really noticed much bias either way to be honest. I’m not saying it doesn’t exist, but the people that we’ve worked with haven’t shown any of that. I personally just like good songs, and if it’s a man or a woman that has the better song, they should get the opportunity IMO. It’s not a question of sex, race etc. for me. It’s a beautiful thing that both men and women can tell a story through a song in such different ways.

Having said that, a lot of friends have horrible stories so it’s great that women can feel more comfortable speaking up. Actually, I have had blokey blokes comment that I sing like a girl, which is supposed to offend me ??
Amber: Dylan, how is The Money War different to Rainy Day Women? 
Dylan: RDW started when we were in high school and I’ve changed a fair bit since then. I think we get an opportunity to use what we’ve learned from past mistakes.
Amber: What do you wish people would feel when they hear your songs/see you live? 
Dylan: I hope it can be a break from their lives.

How Does Tash Sultana Feel About Men & Dogs?

Andrew Ryan

There are two definitions of infinity. One is a point that begins and stretches off to an infinitely far-away place. The other definition of infinity, is two points of any given distance apart with an infinite set of fractions between them. Tash Sultana is resonating like no Australian artist at the moment because she shares so much of herself. It’s an inward, seemingly everlasting journey that her music takes us on.

Last October Tash played Mojo’s in Freo, and we were lucky enough to spend a few minutes with her to talk about the differences between dogs and men, the connections you make with people busking and the perpetual struggle to impress your parents.

5 Minutes With Gooch Palms

Andrew Ryan

CPN: Hey you guys, thanks for being interviewed <(")

Guess what, rn I'm in the bed I grew up in as a teenager and girl at my parents place on the coast of WA. The carpet next to me is where I listened over and over to tape recordings from the radio of "Tomorrow" [Silverchair]. Nice cover you made of it. The cover sounded like you had a deep experience of that song as teenagers too… Is it true? You were pretty little when it came out though… I was in yr 8… The way you sung it, Leroy, sounded like you'd listened to it young. Is it true? Why did you cover that song, part from the general Newcastle connection?

Gooch Palms: Thanks!! I was about 7 or 8 years old when the song came out and it was so crazy to see a band from our hometown blow the fuck up. I lived across the road from Ben, the drummer, so I got to soak it right up with my own eyes. There would always be teenage girls hanging out side his house, and I thought to myself, that's the life I want hahaha!! 

What did you listen to over and over on the carpet/floorboards/lino?

Silverchair, Pearl Jam and Presidents Of The United States Of America

When you guys played here (Perth) one time it was in the famous house/venue 208s. What did you think about that place? I loved that you guys seemed like really nice, loving, kind people as well as being confident in stage-way, little whitebait willy out, lipsticks etc. Is it possible to connect to ppl watching as well when it's festivally shows? Or dark house show where people can get flicked with your sweaty hair, is that deeper/different?

I loved 208! We played there twice and both times was super rad. As long as there are smiling faces in the crowd, we don’t mind where we play! I find it easy to connect with people, it’s all about breaking down that barrier and just having a lot of fun!!

Um, you moved away. LA seems like a good place for you, where it would be easy for people to like and understand what you're doing. Do you feel home there? What's your favourite thing about your new life?

Newcastle will always be home but LA has definitely found a place in our hearts! We have super rad housemates, which makes it easy and we have a lot of friends there now. I think we really like it because it’s a mecca for musicians and weirdos. There are shows happening 7 days a week! So, it was easy to fall in love with the city!

Back to "Tomorrow" soz, but I was very taken with it. Was it strange to record that deeply coastal Australian bleach dipped song in the U.S.? or did your producer/engineer get it?

We had been playing it live for a little bit and noticed people really loved it so we thought we would record it and put it out for the up coming tour.

Our tour support in Europe was Unkle Funkle and he has a little home studio out in LA and we had a week off before coming back to Aus, so we thought we would just nut it out. He totally got what we were doing, so it was fun.

Do you have feelings about how Australia and America are going spirit/politics wise atm? u scared? excited for when we're cyborgs/ecoborgs and just deal with the challenges we've created? scared of nu-nazi ideas seeping into mainstream?

I feel like Malcom Turnbull is just as bad as Trump, if not worse!! I don’t get too deep into the politics thing, so I might just skip over it hahaha!!

I went to LA, liked the tacos and how people didn't smoke cigs after/during gigs much. Have you been to the big gallery on the hill or do you go to the little ones?

Tacos are off the chain in LA! I sometimes I miss the amazing food in LA!! People don’t have time to smoke cigs because it takes away from their valuable weed smoking time!! Everyone is super stoned and chilled out there haha!! I’ve only been to maybe three galleries my whole life, my attention span is too short for art I get bored very quickly in quiet rooms, hence why I left school in year 10!!

You guys remind me of friends Shannon and The Clams. Colour. Straight forward presentation of sounds (drums, guitars, amps, less pedal wazzling etc). certain aesthetic which seems independent in the sense of "we do what we want" but also connected to fashions of this time. Is there a group, spread across the globe or otherwise, you feel part of atm?

Shannon, Cody and Nate from Shannon And The Clams are mates of ours. They are the best!!! We have always been drawn to fashion; we never wanted to be a rock band that looks like a rock band. We like to meld all different eras of music and fashion into what we do. Since doing Violent Soho’s WACO tour with DZ and Dunies, we definitely feel apart of that group now. And we can’t wait to do The Dune Rats album tour with Skegss.

Which famous person's passing in the famous passing year of 2016 most affected you guys?

There was too many to name one or two it was a hard year!

Do you guys feel like you still have to justify your "simple" band set up, or do you feel fully confident now with more and more shows and fans that you can play two drums, a guitar, sing, and it's 100% enough to have power and make something amazing? 

We've never felt we had to justify it. But now more people know about us, so I think they know what they're getting, which is nice. We have had our fair share of bass players saying, "if you guys ever need a bass player…” hahahaha the funny thing is I was a bass player before I ever played guitar!!

Tix are still available for Gooch Palms playing Mojo's January 28! Find yours here.





5 Minutes with Axel from Hip Priest

Andrew Ryan

Hip Priest. A Priest that knows what kind of guitar pedals produce righteousness; righteous in the Californian way, via Mcdonalds, a heap of dookie, and a low-fi, powder-dry way to put a heart back together (just slap the bloody heart patty between two buns). Hip Priest play at Distant Murmurs on Saturday, so Axel humoured my (Freshie)'s v-light-to-too-deep mix of questions to get you piqued. 

More than instruments, what are the roles in the band between members? 

Hip Priest started as a vessel for Laurence Valentini's songs of heartbreak, lethargy and video games – he also plays drums and sings. James Rose is our resident heartthrob singer/songwriter/guitarist, Robert Grossil holds down the low-end with aplomb and Axel Carrington aka me writes a song occasionally but more often than not just plugs a buncha pedals in and makes noise. We're all pretty democratic when it comes to arranging and sculpting our tunas into form and we self-manage our booking and finances. Pretty typical local band stuff, really.

I've heard you guys live, but listening to recordings my first thoughts were 'I wanna say this is like 90s pop punk, Greenday in the good days!' but then I didn't know if that would be a compliment or insult. Comment? Live it's a different beast! Both good beasts… 

Bahaha aw that's sick, well, I can't speak for the other guys but Dookie and Insomniac (Dookie! That's exactly what we meant. Great album, turning out beauty from poop. Ed) are great records! With our first record (Christmas Day at McDonald's), we really wanted a lo-fi vibe and sound, sorta similar to the run of albums Guided by Voices did between 92 and 96 – sprinkle a bit of Weezer, 90's Flips, Cap'n Jazz, all that shit. Live, we're pretty fucking loud and noisy, apologies in advance, most of that comes from me. 

Your (Axel's) articles a few times on best perth guitarists were super interesting and cool. Are you going to cover drummers any time too? What is the thing above all things for you with guitarists that separates the chia from the chaff?

Well, I would love to cover any other kind of instrumentalist in the same way, but don't feel very qualified, the frustrated drummer I am forbids it. With any musician though, I just look for a nice mixture of individual style, skill, ability to shred (!) and something approaching grace.

Tell me truly, have you spent Christmas at Mcdonalds, or is this a metaphor? If it was/is a metaphor, go deep, embellish for us so we can understand the philosophy of your foursome.

It turns out that although I came up with the title by sheer virtue of driving past the Golden Arches during the holiday season and feeling a great sense of anguish, not realising that Rob actually lived through it! Apparently he had a extremely big Xmas Eve in Germany one year and needed a hangover cure – the Big M was the only place open. Nothing like a Christmas feast of powerdry buns, packaged souse and many sad Germans.

What is the purpose of music, and how does the upcoming show relate to that for you?

The purpose of music? Good lord! I can only speak for myself and say that the reason I play music is that I know nothing else more in the world that brings as much joy, sadness, happiness, anger, vigour, excitement, work and play as engaging in this art form does. Perth is particularly good in existing in a state of constant bewilderment at the quality of music and people that are produced here – Distant Murmurs is testament to that. Looking forward to all on the bill, especially Oosterbanger, with her mangled Teisco blues cries from within and Foam, aka the best band in town, featuring razor sharp arrangements and ferocious smatterings of sound. You should come!

Tickets are still available to Distant Murmurs this Saturday. Find yours here

Andrew Ryan's Top 11 Albums of 2016

Andrew Ryan

Andrew Ryan, AKA founder of Cool Perth Nights / 'the Mojo's guy' / RTRFM's Out to Lunch Wednesdays presenter, has put together his top 11 albums of last year for your listening pleasure.

'I am a bit proud of it :D', he stated upon being asked to comment. 

1. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS

2. Cate Le Bon - Crab Day

3. Lambchop - Flotus

4. Parquet Courts - Human Performance

5. Original Past Life - Times of Ceylon

6. Preoccupations - s.t.

7. Tillman Robinson - Deer Heart

8. The Drones - Feelin' Kinda Free

10. Radian - On Dark Silent Off

11. Tangents - Stateless

Pond's '30000 Megatons'

Andrew Ryan

Apocalyptic themes abound, 'push the button' sings Mr Allbrook, and all the while arpeggiated synths wind their way in dreamy contrast. The beat drops in the form of a palpitating kick drum, which pulses along with a stellar vocal performance, until feedback loops close it off. A sense of quiet one might expect _after_ a nuclear explosion rounds out the final seconds of this new Pond tune. 30000 Megatonnes is lifted from the forthcoming and seventh POND album.

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD - New Album & Gizzfest Deets!

Andrew Ryan

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard has unveiled the video for its new single 'Rattlesnake'. Watch + share it via the image below.

'Rattlesnake' is the first track available from Flying Microtonal Banana, the band’s first LP of 2017 to be released on Friday 24th February via Flightless / Remote Control Records. The Melbourne-based band plan to release five studio albums in 2017, an ambitious feat as each record will be its own unique sonic adventure.

Flying Microtonal Banana is King Gizzard’s first-ever experience in microtonal tuning, which features intervals smaller than a semitone and not found in customary Western tuning octaves. Pre-order via http://flightlessrecords.com

“Earlier this year we started experimenting with a custom microtonal guitar our friend Zak made for Stu,” explains drummer Eric Moore. “The guitar was modified to play in 24-TET tuning and could only be played with other microtonal instruments. We ended up giving everyone a budget of $200 to buy instruments and turn them microtonal. The record features the modified electric guitars, basses, keyboards and harmonica as well as a turkish horn called a Zurna."

NPR Music called latest album Nonagon Infinity “not only the band's most explosively ambitious work; it's also a thoroughly realized journey, embedded in a frenzied barrage of riff-heavy head-bangers.”

The band also recently released their Bootleg Holiday From Hell documentary, which chronicles seven international tours over two years in two hours.
Watch it here.

Little did they know that was only the beginning. King Gizzard @ The Lizard Wizard - 'Rattlesnake' (Official Video)

Do not miss King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard at Gizzfest Sunday December 4 at the Urban Orchard! Tickets are selling fast, find yours here

The Tonight Show Starring Abbe May (and more!)

Andrew Ryan

Abbe May is churning out the hits backstage for new album Bitchcraft - but this coming Monday night front-of-stage she uses the mic for talky-talk rather than rock and roll. The Lobe asked darling guests-to-be Caitlin Nienaber and Timothy Nelson what they're excited about for The Tonight Show show. 

From the lovely Caitlin Nienaber, breakfast host of RTRfm:

The best thing about Abbe May is...

Too many things to list here! Abbe is the perfect combination of rock star swagger, modesty and generosity. She’s totally hilarious too.

Some advice from one interviewer to another interviewer...

Just do a bit of research, write a couple of things down and have a chat!

What's your #1 talk show - live or tv, why?

Number 1 would have to be pretty much any Nienaber family dinner - the food is good and the jokes are totally filthy. The second would have to be (if i may say so) Breakfast with me on RTRFM. I get to pick all the guests and all the music while I sit around drinking cups of tea - what a job!

What do you hope Abbe will ask you about?

Ooooh - I’m just hoping she just lets me talk about other people rather than myself! She’s asked me to share my top 3 local musicians of the year and I’m still struggling to narrow it down...

Hot tips for other Freo Festival events?

Definitely RTRFM’s Heavenly Bodies at St John’s Church on the first Friday night: Sam Maher with his handpan, Sean O’Neill, Felicity Groom, Rachael Dease and the WAAPA Gospel Choir - it’s going to be pretty special.

Don't-mention-the-halo Timothy Nelson tells us:

The best thing about Abbe May is...

When I first starting out playing shows, she gave me some great advice over MySpace (R.I.P.) - she gives endless support to other artists and tall poppy syndrome seems to be non-existent in her.

Some advice from one performer to another performer to make show night special...

Not-mumbling is about 70% of the job. Other than that, just try and read the room and do your best to entertain folks with whatever your 'thing' is.

What's your #1 talk show - live or tv, why?

Real Time with Bill Maher... he always has interesting guests on his show and you can get a good fix of US politics all in one hit. I'm expecting Abbe to be a far nicer host though.

What do you hope Abbe will/won't ask you about?

I have great respect for anyone that can focus on something other than my hair.

Hot tips for other Freo Festival events?

My own album launch is on Saturday Nov 5th at the Fremantle Arts Centre.


2016 WAMAward Nominees Announced!

Andrew Ryan

It's that time of year again - The 2016 WAM Award Nominations have just been announced. 
On Cool Perth Nights' nomination for the Media Award, director Andrew Ryan mumbled, 'We've done our best to reflect how busy this little town is with our gig guide app, mailout, publicity and general enthusiasm for good music in the scene, which is why we're stoked to have been nominated for the Media Award. This is nice :) '

+ musos leading the pack include Ben Witt, Abbe May, Koi Child, Verge Collection, POW Negro, Hideous Sun Demon, which makes us feel incredibly proud to be a part of this dynamic and diverse industry. 

Huge shoutouts to all the contenders, we can't wait to see everyone at the WAMAwards Party in November!



Presented by WAAPA

Jason Brown
James Newhouse
Mark McEwen
Tim McNally


Presented by SAE Institute

Andy Lawson (Debaser Studio)
Dan Carroll (Rada Studios)
Dave Parkin (Blackbird Studio)
Matt Gio (Rada Studios)


Presented by Cool Perth Nights

Charlie Young
Dom Monteleone (Kingdom Studio)
Joel Quartermain (Wastelands Studio)
Matt Gio (Rada Studio)


Presented by Pilerats

Morgan Then & Fletcher Ehlers (Slumberjack)
Ned Beckley (Lower Spectrum)
Phil Stroud
Regan Mathews (Ta-ku)


Presented by The Mustang Bar

Abbe May
Ama Quinsee (Legs Electric)
Gina Williams
Lucy Farley (Lucy Peach)


Presented by Tone Deaf

Bojesse Pigram
Brendon Humphries (The Kill Devil Hills)
Craig Jovanovic (Maverick)
Danny Estrin (Voyager)
Jacob Diamond


Presented by X-Press

Axel Carrington (Rag n’ Bone / Hip Priest / HYLA)
Benjamin Witt
Laura McCormick (Legs Electric)
Steve Hensby (Steve Hensby Band / Tracksuit / Lucy Peach Band)


Presented by The West Australian

Abby Soanes (Legs Electric)
Alex Canion (Voyager)
Charlotte Thorne (Nerve Quakes)
Sara McPherson (Rag n’ Bone / Bells Rapids)
Vanessa Thornton (Jebediah / The Tommyhawks)


Presented by Mix 94.5

Ashley Doodkorte (Voyager, The Floors, Will Stoker & The Embers)
Daniel Susnjar (Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group)
Elliot Smith
Kylie Soanes (Legs Electric / Paul McCarthy & The Wishers)


Presented by The Music Network

Matthew Schmalkuche (Jacob Diamond Band)
Russell Holmes (Russell Holmes Trio / Gina Williams Band)
Timothy Nelson (Timothy Nelson & The Infidels / The Kill Devil Hills)
Tom Kenny (Koi Child)



Presented by Clancy’s Fremantle

Andrew Winton
Katie J White
Old Blood


Presented by 720 ABC Perth

Belle Harvey
Davey Craddock & The Spectacles
Ralway Bell
Ruby Boots


Presented by MRA

Basic Mind
Mei Saraswati
Tourist Kid


Presented by Sunset Events

Eduardo Cossio
Josten Myburgh
Nathan Thompson


Presented By Parlour

Andrew Winton
The Little Lord Street Band
Lucy Peach
Riley Pearce


Presented by Nannup Music Festival

Beni Bjah
Gina Williams
John Bennett
Phil Walley-Stack


Presented by The Ellington

Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group
Jamie Oehlers
Memory of Elements


Presented by The Au Review

Drowning Horse
Make Them Suffer


Silent Knight


Presented by Alex Hotel

Methyl Ethel
Tame Impala
Tired Lion
Troye Sivan
Verge Collection


Presented by Wildergrim

Nerve Quakes
The Decline


Presented by Badlands Bar

Hideous Sun Demon
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
Rag n’ Bone
The Love Junkies
Tired Lion


Presented by Avenoir

Koi Child


Presented by Lotterywest

Grace Barbé
Juliana Areias
Soukouss Internationale


Presented by UNIFIED

Benjamin Witt – FUTURE RESET
Davey Craddock – City West
Koi Child – Koi Child
Mt. Mountain – Cosmos Terros
Nicholas Allbrook – Pure Gardiya


Presented by RTRFM

Gunns – She’s A Rainbow
Mei Saraswati – Devotions
Puck – Dead To The World
Verge Collection – Open Plan Living


Presented by Australia Council for the Arts

Abbe May – Doomsday Clock
Childsaint – Hallelujah Heartache
Hideous Sun Demon – Oscillate
Tired Lion – Not My Friends
Verge Collection - Postcodes


Presented by Shiny Rabbit

The Community Records
Jarrah Records
Spinning Top Music
Walking Horse Music


Presented by Association Of Artist Managers (AAM)

Jacob Snell
Luke Rinaldi
Matt Johnson
Philip Stevens


Presented by Drug Aware
Bob Gordon (X-Press Magazine)

Andrew Ryan (Cool Perth Nights)
Caitlin Nienaber (RTRFM)
Daniel Cribb (
Troy Mutton (Pilerats)


Presented by City Of Perth

Jacob Snell
Maria Florides
Matthew Johnson
Phaedra Watts
Tom Fisher


Voting via


Presented by APRA

Koi Child
Methyl Ethel
Mosquito Coast
Tame Impala
Tired Lion
Troye Sivan


Presented by Perth Theatre Trust

Ah Trees
Human Buoy
POW Negro
The Money War
Verge Collection


Presented by Perth Arena

Hideous Sun Demon
Old Blood
POW Negro
Shit Narnia
The Southern River Band
Tired Lion


Presented by North Metro TAFE

FOAM – Get On Board
Hideous Sun Demon – Cul De Sac Vision
Koi Child – 1-5-9
Methyl Ethel – Idée Fixe
Rag n’ Bone – I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore
Tired Lion – Not My Friends


Presented by Moshtix

Badlands Bar
Jack Rabbit Slim’s
Mojos Bar
The Bird


Presented by National Live Music Awards

Camp Doogs
Nannup Music Festival
RTRFM’s In The Pines
St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival
Wave Rock Weekender


Of-fence-ive Jumpers at Listen Out

Andrew Ryan

This video from Listen Out looks like W.A teens taking over a Japanese gameshow. Jokes aside, apparently some people were throwing rocks - some reports state that these were initially sourced from the rock-throwers heads.  

Thank you to Ty Airey for the footage. 


Tom Di Chiera & Action Bronson

Andrew Ryan

More significant than a lifestyle is an artful life. Tom of Di Chiera Bros has made sharing stories of food and family an art and seemingly will do it for his whole life. Watch this man be natural while hanging out with NYC legend Action Bronson: 


CPN Interview Gwenno

Andrew Ryan

Gwenno's 2015 release Y Dydd Olaf has her described by Pitchfork as "a visionary of synth-pop moods and textures". After singing with the Pipettes, playing keys for Elton John, dancing in Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance productions, and playing in Welsh soap operas, she flies to Perth to perform at Mojos, 8th of October. She spoke with Cool Perth Nights ahead of her arrival.

CPN: Hello lovely Gwenno. It's wonderful that you're coming to Perth to sing your deep songs and bring pleasure and maybe even some small change to the spirit of our city.

Could you tell us if you're coming with other musicians, and if so, how you chose them?

Gwenno: It'll be myself and my husband, and producer of my album, Y Dydd Olaf, Rhys Edwards. I vary how I play things live depending on the gig, and we're very much looking forward to making a lot of noise as a duo when we play Perth!

When I listen to your songs a beautiful thing happens - as an English speaker it's one time when I'm outside what is being sung. Most of what I listen to reminds me unconsciously that I'm on the top of the 'pyramid of privilege', second from the top, as a white European-y female with English as first my first language. Of course, it's an illusory pyramid -  we can't even breathe without trees. Everything's above us - bees, rivers, the moon. Humans aren't above anything else, and people with power live an illusion of power. When you speak/sing about Revolution, what do you wish for? What system/structure/illusion-based mindframe would you most like to see crumble?

I think the main feeling that I was getting at with the song 'Chwyldro' (Revolution) was that we do, as a collective, have the power to make significant changes for the better. It's hard to remember that in a society that promotes the individual and that monitors and controls us so rigidly but there are ways for us to move forward in a positive way, we've just got to work that little bit harder to work out how!

When you sing "Come and dance in the sunset to songs which are trivial and alarming", is it because you think music is both unable and able to achieve what you wish for the world? What do you mean with this line?

I was thinking a lot about major label female-fronted electro-pop when I wrote that line. I find the genre quite fascinating in that the lyrics are generic and robotic yet incredibly emotive in how they're sung. It's as if the machine is trying to create meaning in its own making, and that is the type of music that I imagine that we would all be hearing as the world comes to an end, which is what the song, 'Fratolish Hiang Perpeshki', is about.

Photo credit: Joel Turner Photography

Many very digital images and videos accompany your music, but I have the feeling you also are not in love with the digital age… Is this right?

Not at all! I adore the digital age, it has been a constant inspiration throughout the years and has allowed me to create my art with fewer restrictions than I could've ever imagined.

Do you have any impression of Perth already?

I spent some time in Perth a few years back now and got to do a bit of wandering around. The Art Gallery of Western Australia was a wonderful place and had a fascinating exhibition on of Modern Aboriginal Art which I thoroughly enjoyed, so I'm very much looking forward to visiting again to see what's on this time. We don't have an art gallery of that scale, or (criminally) a museum of modern art in Wales so it's always a real treat to visit anywhere that does.

How does it feel to play your own music on stage after being part of other groups - The Pipettes, Elton John's band etc?

I've had a brilliant experience playing in other bands and with incredible musicians over the years, and I very much enjoy collaborating with other artist. There is so much to take from learning from others and from creating your own work from scratch. They feed into each other for me.

Tix are still available to Gwenno at Mojo's Bar October 8, find yours here

5 Minutes With The Never Never

Andrew Ryan

The Never Never are back and ready to fill the Rosemount Hotel. Formed in 1980, breakup in 1991, their fans are still keen as they were in these wild times

Peter Busher catches up with Cool Perth Nights before le big gig. 

Amber: Hey Peter, thanks for taking a few min to let us peek inside your feelings about the Rosemount Show. It seems lots of people are very excited…

Can you give a two sentence history of the band for those who were born after the internet was born and missed the 80s and 90s? 

Peter: School friends play music in the garage, then pubs, then concert halls, record, tour, for ten years and still love to play!

I saw people crying on facebook that they'd booked interstate trips that clash with the Rosemount date, people offering to do the door like they used to at your shows, people reconnecting over the event comments. Basically, lots of people who feel very strongly about your music and the shows they experienced. What do you think it is about your music that turned people on so deeply and lastingly?

I think why the band means a lot to people is the quality of the songs and the fact we and the audience were of the same age and live music was so much a part of everyone's life.

Do you think it's going to be a blissful nostalgic love-in, or is this going to be a top show for its own sake, with newbies in for just as much of a treat?

This will definitely be a top show in its own right. The band still rocks. I would be rapt if younger crew were to check out the music.

What's the general feeling in the band about the show? Do you have outfits sorted out? Can you all play as well/better than before? Are you guys all still playing music or have you moved on to trying to get your kids off Pokemon Go and looking after your property portfolios?

We are really looking forward to the show, I think we are all playing better than we ever have, mainly because we haven't stopped, so we've kept our chops up, the rehearsals have been great.

So I read you guys supported The Clash, Adam and The Ants, were playing 10 gigs per week at some point, playing to hundreds of people at local shows. Was there a sense of "success" then that you guys felt you achieved, or were chasing? Or were you 100% purely focussed on making good songs?

We were always proud of what we were achieving but for Simon and myself the music and writing was what we were trying to get better at.

I recently went to a Magnolias talk show where a few of the Triffids members were speaking. They talked so affectionately of the independent original music scene in Perth in the eighties. How hard it was in some ways and how amazing in others. Big call to confirm or deny, but do you think the Perth music scene was better in the past?

The music scene in Perth in the 80s was very different, big cover bands played in the beer barns and made a fortune, while original bands went quietly about building their own thing, as a punter you were either someone who went to one or the other. All the unis had gigs, you could play every night in pubs, sometimes do a support early for an international band then do your own gig and then do a club gig, it was a great time to be playing in Perth. I suppose everybody thinks their time is the best, but there are not the gigs there used to be, but we are still producing great bands from here.

Your press photos and cars looked cooler… The amazing chevvy… Only vinyl and tapes to listen to… Better, right?

That was my Chev, got it off my dad and drove it to Sydney and back again!! I've still got American cars and some motorcycles, love anything with wheels and an engine!!

Any greatest/worst memories of shows at that time?

Lots of great memories, some great supports we did like The Clash, four nights with Cold Chisel at the old Embassy ballroom, our last gig in Perth before we moved to Sydney, we had 600 people at The Red Parrot, and when we would come back to Perth on tour, all the great people who would come out to the gig.

We'd love to hear about one song you'll definitely be playing at the show… Can you tell me a backstory for one of the hits?

Our number one Indy single, double A-side Bigger in Texas/Just a few thousand miles, both songs were about the tyranny of distance, cause Perth seemed so isolated then.

What music are you interested in at the moment, either in Perth or further off?

I still love good music, Figurehead, Birds of Tokyo, Band of Horses, Teddy Thompson, The Jayhawks, are just some of things I'm listening to at the moment.

Tickets are still available to The Never Never at Rosemount Hotel Friday August 19 via the Cool Perth Nights ticketing page.  




Andrew Ryan

Local duo Mosquito Coast are lining up shows around the country. We asked them some big and little questions as they get to it. 

Amber: Hello you lovely guys. In your words, "I wish you'd say it like it is. not dance around all my questions. I need an answer from you now." :) That's an easy way to get started for a lil interview… So:

I was listening to your song "Let's Be Friends". With everything going on in the news I couldn't help thinking about the lyrics in relation to kids around Australia who are having a really hard time… "Hey kid, how do you feel about the end? Looking after yourself since age 10" etc. I assume the song's not political at all, but as young Aussies and citizens of the world, how do you feel about kids at age 10 being in prison, kids having a hard time in many ways? Do you think about these things much? Or try to just enjoy life in another way?

Conor: The situation Australia has at the moment with kids being incarcerated is really shit, especially for indigenous kids. The other aspect of 10 year olds being locked up is on Manus Island which is heartbreaking. [Ed. This happens to local 10 year olds too.] The line scared me for a bit because I didn’t want people thinking that we thought we had experienced a rough childhood because we both had it pretty good, but it’s really cool that it’s now being interpreted in other ways which are relevant at the moment. 

Also, I feel like this song would sound great at half and double speed… Are you going to release music on vinyl so we can see if that's true?

Hopefully it makes it onto a record at some point, that would be really cool! I always love playing around with records’ speeds, especially Beach House’s!

For some reason I feel like you're from Freo, is it true? 

Neither of us are from Freo! We are a bit out of the loop in that sense.  

I was so relieved when "Mosquito Coast" wasn't the name of this Harrison Ford movie I watched that was literally one of the worst movies of all time - "Six Days, Seven Nights". Someone gave it some stars on IMDB but don't believe them! But luckily I found the actual Harrison Ford movie you guys are referring to. I only watched the trailer but I'm already a fan. "I'm gonna knock his socks off, I'm going to straighten his hair". "I'm happy! We're free!". So good. Peter Weir is a great director too. So how did you guys come across this classic film that's become your name? And what does it have to do with your music? 
Naomi is a giant film buff and went through a phase of cult movies, Mosquito Coast being one of them. It was the first band name suggestion that we both could agree on, so we kept it! The movie has some great ideas in it, but they haven’t influenced any songs… yet. 

p.s. There's another band named after a Peter Weir film in Perth - The Cars That Ate Paris. Comment? 

We didn’t know that, that’s so cool! We will definitely have to have a Peter Weir Band Night. 

You guys weren't around in the sixties/seventies/eighties/ninties, but do you really love these times musically and asthetically? They all seem to come through in your sound and references in different ways.   

Thanks, having you say that is such a compliment! We both love different aspects of different eras, like Naomi went through a huge 90s grunge stage as well as a 60s blues phase, whereas I’m really into 80s new wave. Because we both don’t listen to the same stuff it leaves us with a weird mix. 

Have you guys come across any surprising fans at shows/on the interwebs? 

The guys from Boo Seeka stand out as one. When we were announced as locals playing GTM they messaged us saying how excited they were to see us, which was so lovely and also nerve-racking because we are big fans of them! 

When I was growing up in Albany, Triple J arriving was a very big deal. We convinced the bus driver to 'keep it locked', I stopped bringing Rolling Stones and Nirvana tapes onto the bus, etc. So, for public listening as underagers - for Aussie music - we mainly just had Triple J and Rage. Then a year nine girl in Denmark started booking Perth bands to come down and play. We had a few bands coming from Perth doing all ages shows - did you guys have exposure to local independent live music, or did you just guess how/what you wanted to play, and what it might be like to be performing musicians? 

Since we were both about 14, we would drag our parents to any gig we could possibly get into that was happening. We used to always be down at Mojos seeing Dream Rimmy, Custom Royal, Gunns, Koi Child etc. who have all had a huge influence on us. Seeing them and later on, meeting them, has helped us so much in figuring out how to make good music and an exciting live show. 

What do you hope will happen on the tours you have coming up? 

People rock up to our shows and that our manager gets drunk and dj’s for us. Ooooh and to see lots of bands at Bigsound!

Are you guys hoping to keep making music or is it just for fun, for now? 

I don’t think we are planning on stopping anytime soon, we are having too much fun! 

What are some favourite local bands or further afield bands you love atm? 

From Perth we love Gunns, Dream Rimmy, Henry Kissinger. Looking further, I’m in love with Rainbow Chan at the moment <3 

What do you wish we would have asked you also in this interview?

Dunno, these have been pretty fun questions! 

Thanks you babes. Good luck and go forth and prosper etc!