It’s the WA Day lengthy weekend, so what higher time to honour the very best music our state has to supply.
From the Hoodoo Gurus to the Cisco youngsters, these are 20 homegrown albums to spin this WA Day.
Hoodoo Gurus: Stoneage Romeos
Launched: March 9, 1984
Chart peak/gross sales accreditation: #29, gold
Led by Perth-born frontman Dave Faulkner and that includes WA drummer James Baker, the mighty Gurus’ debut album is a bona fide Oz rock basic. Whereas they have been based mostly in Sydney by this level, Stoneage Romeos options a number of tracks co-written with Perth punk pioneer Roddy Radalj, together with Leilani and Arthur. The truth is, Faulkner penned I Need You Again as a kiss-off to Radalj, who acrimoniously left the band in 1982. Huge mistake, large.
Shaped in Perth by fractious couple Bernie Lynch and future jazz artist Grace Knight, Eurogliders completely packed this album with pop hits equivalent to We Will Collectively, The Metropolis of Soul, Can’t Wait to See You and the title observe. No marvel Completely spent near a 12 months within the charts and edges out This Island, regardless of their earlier album that includes worldwide smash Heaven (Should Be There).
The Triffids: Born Sandy Devotional
March 24, 1986
From the aerial shot of the Mandurah circa 1961 to much-loved gothic break-up ditty Vast Open Highway, that is thought-about The Triffids’ magnum opus. Recorded in England and that includes craving songs from late frontman Dave McComb, together with The Seabirds, Tarrilup Bridge and Stolen Property, Born Sandy Devotional was listed at No. 5 in 2010 e-book 100 Greatest Australian Albums. The Triffids have been arguably WA’s most worldwide acclaimed band till Tame Impala obtained free.
The Stems: At First Sight, Violets are Blue
There are few higher guitar pop love songs than Dom Mariani’s At First Sight. The storage rockers topped the choice charts with their debut album (and solely long-player till 2007 reunion report Heads Up). In addition they turned the final band to carry out on Countdown earlier than splitting on the eve of a six-week European tour in October, 1987 resulting from “inside conflicts, egos going wild and dangerous administration”. Sadly, guitarist Richard Lane died final 12 months.
Child Animals: Child Animals
September 2, 1991
#1, eight instances platinum
One in every of Australia’s best and grittiest rock singers, Suze DeMarchi was earmarked for a pop profession in London till she fled residence to kind Child Animals with fellow Perth musos Frank Celenza, Eddie Parise and Dave Leslie. Their self-titled debut was the highest-selling debut Aussie rock album of all-time till Jet’s Get Born flew previous their gross sales in 2003. Entrance-loaded with hits Early Warning, Rush You, Painless and One Phrase, you’d argue Child Animals get the vote for higher album.
You Am I: Hello Fi Means
Kalgoorlie-born frontman Tim Rogers and East Freo drummer Rusty Hopkinson made up two-thirds of the nice You Am I once they recorded the primary of three chart-topping albums, so we’ll declare ‘em. Cathy’s Clown continues the rollicking vitality of breakthrough hit Berlin Chair, whereas Purple Sneakers and How A lot is Sufficient show Rogers’ can pluck heart-strings in addition to the guitar.
Jebediah: Barely Odway
Launched September 8, 1997
#7, double platinum
4 scrappy punks from Perth’s southern suburbs gatecrashed the Prime 10 with a bakers’ dozen of high-energy alt-rock tracks. Leaving Dwelling, Navy Strongmen and Teflon stay irresistible, whereas ballad Harpoon stays a part of frontman Kevin Mitchell’s solo reveals as Bob Evans. Oh, and that’s the Futuro home from Willetton hovering over the Kardinya Bowling Membership on the duvet. So Perth it damage.
Turnstyle: Turnstyle Nation
October 7, 1999
Bucking the 90s fashionable of discordant grunge guitars, native quartet Turnstyle turned out their distinctive sound with Casio keyboards – beginning with a Casio MT45 purchased for $40 from Money Metropolis in Morley. One of many ironing boards used as a keyboard stand at gigs now resides at WA Museum Boola Bardip. Debut album Turnstyle Nation options minor hit Spray Water on the Stereo alongside idiosyncratic Pavement-inspired tunes equivalent to Flank Assault, Troma and Winter Rodeo.
The Sleepy Jackson: Lovers
June 30, 2003
The very fact the Sleepy Jackson have been cruelly underappreciated actually hit residence when frontman Luke Steele scored a large worldwide smash with Strolling on a Dream as half of Empire of the Solar. Songs equivalent to album opener Good Dancers and country-fied indie rock tunes This Day and Come to This are proof a songwriting genius was lurking in our suburbs nicely earlier than Steele donned the metallic headgear.
Eskimo Joe: A Track is a Metropolis
Launched Could 16, 2004
Peaked #2, double platinum
Whereas subsequent album Black Fingernails, Purple Wine garnered the gross sales and awards, A Track is a Metropolis is when Fremantle’s Kav Temperley actually arrived as a songwriter. An introspective but inviting assortment of songs earlier than he took intention at a stadium-sized sound, the Eskies second album options Older than You, Smoke and From the Sea, the very best darn music ever about storms rolling into Freo.
Little Birdy: BigBigLove
October 4, 2004
Guitarist Simon Leach heard Katy Steele sing at older brother Luke’s twenty first birthday and determined to kind Little Birdy, borrowing the title from a Ween music. Leaning on basic melodies and powerful pop songwriting, debut album BigBigLove included their breakthrough single Relapse alongside singles Tonight’s the Evening, Excited and hit ballad Lovely to Me. The primary of three gold-selling ARIA Prime 10 albums.
Finish of Trend: Finish of Trend
August 15, 2005
Alongside Eskimo Joe and Little Birdy, the Fashies dominated Perth pop within the mid-noughties. Led by handsome rooster Justin Burford, the eponymous debut bursts with massive hooks and oodles of vitality thanks to trace equivalent to She’s Love, Tough Diamonds, The Sport and particularly Pixies-esque hit O Yeah.
Gyroscope: Are You Concerned?
September 25, 2005
Among the best dwell acts in Perth for a few years, the Gyros tempered their onerous rock inclinations for this melody-drenched second main label outing. Whereas follow-up Breed Obsession topped the ARIA charts, Are You Concerned? greatest distilled their alt-rock sound because of the last-minute recruitment of big-name American producer Mark Trombino. Highlights embrace Quick Lady, Beware Wolf and Dream Vs. Scream.
Bob Evans: Suburban Songbook
June 10, 2006
Jebediah frontman Kevin Mitchell got here up together with his Bob Evans non de plume as a smokescreen towards followers of his indie rock group demanding high-energy hits as a substitute of the extra plaintive folk-pop solo work. Recorded in Nashville, Suburban Songbook incorporates radio hits Don’t You Assume It’s Time?, Nowhere With out You and Unhappiness and Whiskey. Twenty-five years later and Mitchell remains to be releasing positive albums as Bob — this 12 months’s Tomorrowland is a cracker.
The Panics: Merciless Guards
Launched October 13, 2007
Whereas they got here from the Perth Hills, the Panics all the time appeared like if the Triffids hailed from Manchester. Jae Laffer and co. signalled a shift in sonics with first single Don’t Battle It, a pensive anthem constructed round a drum loop and trumpet pattern. Successful Triple J’s Aussie album of the 12 months and an ARIA, Merciless Guards was bold whereas nonetheless comfortably the Panics.
Abbe Could: Kiss My Apocalypse
Could 10, 2013
After years of blues-rock riffage with The Fuzz and the Rockin’ Pneumonia, Bunbury’s Abbe Could plugged into her love of soul and R&B on her second solo album. Sultry singles Karmageddon and T.R.O.U.B.L.E showcased reverb-drenched minimalist productions, whereas Intercourse Tourettes, Tantric Romantic and the title observe proved that whereas she digs a handy guide a rough title, Could was severe about this contemporary course.
Tame Impala: Currents
July 17, 2015
Presumably the most important album launched by a WA act ever. Earlier than the Grammy nominations, ARIA awards and pole place on charts across the globe, Kevin Parker blew away followers and critics with epic lead single, Let It Occur. Currents drifted farther from the Fremantle outfit’s psych-rock origins with a synth-laden sound that earned him plaudits from the US R&B illuminati. The Much less I Know the Higher was rightly named Triple J listeners’ favorite music of the last decade.
Methyl Ethel: Every little thing is Forgotten
March 3, 2017
Like Tame Impala, Methyl Ethel is a solo studio challenge that has grown as a dwell unit as worldwide has swelled behind enigmatic indie rock songs. All method of cultural flotsam and jetsam filtered into frontman Jake Webb’s creations on Every little thing is Forgotten, but tunes equivalent to Ubu, Drink Wine and L’Heure des Sorcieres nonetheless managed to be irresistible earworms. The 2019 follow-up Triage is an equally intriguing album.
March 1, 2019
Whereas thought-about Tame Impala’s even weirder little brother, Pond have earned a repute as a terrific dwell act and prolific recording outfit. Much less apparent to some is frontman Nick Allbrook’s capability to distil Australian historical past and tradition into banging psych-rock tunes. Together with 2015 launch Man It Feels Like House Once more, Tasmania is the very best of their eight albums, thus far.
Spacey Jane: Daylight
June 12, 2020
Two musos from Geraldton plus a few new buddies from the massive smoke added as much as a profitable system for the Spaceys. Frontman Caleb Harper has a deft contact with introspective lyrics and widescreen melodies that has made this WA band one of many hottest touring acts within the nation. Debut album Daylight is all killer, no filler from up-tempo opener Good for You to closing moments of the poignant title observe. In between, Triple J faves Booster Seat, Pores and skin and Straightfaced made this as shining instance of WA expertise.
San Cisco: Between You and Me
September 4, 2020
Nonetheless fresh-faced greater than a decade after evolving out of Fremantle high-school bands, San Cisco nailed their fourth and greatest studio album. Jordi Davieson, Josh Biondillo and Scarlett Stevens seize the essence of being younger whereas out and in of relationships, and lockdown, on Between You and Me. Lead single On the Line was the right isolation anthem, whereas the again finish of the album hints at Davieson’s maturing songcraft.