And as venues get back into the swing of it, September is chock full of gigs and below is some of the best. From indie-folk to metal and everything in between, our isolation has helped create some very talented and unique artists.
Ben Lunt, The Wedges & Nervous Now
If you step back and take a look at the Aussie music scene, Western Australians feature predominantly with bright stars like Tame Impala, Pond, Carla Genneve, Stella Donnelly and Methyl Ethel. They all started somewhere, which is why going to check out up-and-coming artists generally turns out to be one of my favourite nights. The Sewing Room will be hosting three very different but equaling exciting artists. Ben Lunt a soulful songwriter, indie-rock band The Wedges, and punk outfit Nervous Now, supporting new artists is so important to the live scene so go show them some love.
Since 2015 Sassafras has been dazzling audiences with their spirited take on Gyspy Jazz. The five-piece band have played everywhere from numerous appearances at The Ellington, to The Mundaring Weir Hotel and several seasons at Fringe World. They are a talented bunch, led from the front by Jessie Gordon who never disappoints with her incredible voice and spades of sassiness along with the other players Lachlan Gear, Aaron Deacon, Adrian Galante and Pete Jeavons. If you’re not familiar with jazz then this is a perfect place to start if you love your jazz there’s no need to convince you further, you know they’re the real deal.
Dying Kings, EP Launch “Salted Earth, Ashen Air”
Hang onto yourselves because Dying Kings are here to blow out any remaining lockdown cobwebs as they launch their new EP Salted Earth, Ashen Air. These guys are well known around Perth as purveyors of legendary black metal having last tore it up at Badlands with a performance for the Wacken Metal Battle Australia event. On the night they’ll also be bringing along Iniquitous Monolith and EnforcE to give us a hefty dose of metal that you won’t likely forget.
Psychedelic P*rn Crumpets, “Mr Prism Tour”
If you haven’t had the pleasure of a Psychedelic P*rn Crumpets show, then you need to rectify that as soon as possible, and you’ll have your chance not once but twice with two likely-to-sell-out shows at Badlands. First time I saw them at Rosemount I was blown away not only by their electric energy but also their small band of dedicated fans. Those fan numbers have since swelled but the garage party vibe is still kicking on. They’re a little proggy, a lot psych-rock with songs cooked up in what would’ve been all night jam sessions. Dust off your kicks and see the next big group to come out of WA before the rest of the country claims them.
Lo with special guests Girl From Mars + Eat Alone
In April, Lo aka Lauren O’Hara from local band Flossy, released her first EP titled Plan For An Independent Future and this month we will finally have a chance to hear her songs live. Lo is one of those beguiling introspective indie songwriters who transports you away to warmer, lazier days. The production on this album is stellar so I’m keen to see how this will sound with a full band. Given that she has been getting a lot of attention via Spotify and radio airplay, it’s likely this will be a popular event.
Melanie Griffiths is a music writer, reviewer and an ardent supporter of the West Australian music scene. With a career spanning several years, Mel is one of Perth’s most active reviewers contributing to several local and national publications. Concert highlights have included covering Paul McCartney and Prince as well as some ripper local bands including Methyl Ethel, Stella Donnelly and SUPEREGO.
- 20 Aug '20