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No song this week while a few issues get sorted out… so enjoy this blast from the past.
The Final Hoo-Ha
Kiss My WAMi 2002
By Sabian Wilde
“I guess it’d have started for us in around ’98. We kind of had this habit of releasing our CDs in late July, just before the Kiss My WAMis start, so we seemed to ride the WAMi wave each year – except we’ve blown it for the last two years,” says Temperley, laughing.
Given the success that the Joe have enjoyed in the intervening years, Temperley has a different perspective on the WAMis, one that is surprisingly positive. “I don’t know that it means as much to us as it does over east,” he said.
“You go over there and people are like, ‘Wow! You’ve won a WAMi!’ and you’re like, ‘It’s a chocolate cake, dude.’ Over here it’s like, ‘Cool, it’s the WAMis, let’s get drunk and check out some gigs.’ I think it’s good that people get excited about it, but it’s really more of a national interest type of thing, it gives them a good reason to come over and check it out,” he says.
“The fact that we’re so isolated and bands like us and Jebediah have stayed in WA, and you’ve got bands like Halogen, Cartman and The Fergusons as your really big up-and-comers, WA has created a scene that you can’t find anywhere else. No-one else has a scene – there’s no ‘New South Wales scene’, no ‘Victorian scene’.”
The strength and diversity of the ‘WA scene’ will certainly be represented in full force for the Closing Party even, where Eskimo Joe will be joined by Lash, Effigy, Sodastream, ASG, Purrvert and newcomers Josivac for a night that promised to one one hell of a musical experience — and of course, a lot of chocolate cake.
“They’re pretty hardcore chocolate cakes,” says Temperley. “You can only really eat one cake among a couple of people, so there’s always one cake that ends up going mouldy if you’re one of those lucky bands that wins more than a couple of awards. We won three one year, and my brother (Trilby Temperley, ARG) accepted the cake for us and we never even saw it. He used to be really skinny – he’s huge now.”
Many of the nominees in the categories have already been recognised by their inclusion of the Kiss My WAMi compilation, a comprehensive industry ‘sampler’ sent to radio stations across the nation, highlighting our local talent. The impact of this sampler is often underrated here in Perth, because most of the good work it does is interstate.
“That first CD on the new WAMi compilation is awesome,” says Temperley. “It’s the best WAMi CD I’ve ever heard. The Halogen song is unbelievable and the Sleepy Jackson song is really good and our song on it is…kind of crap…I joke, I joke!”
Needless to say, the sampler often acts as an introduction card for many acts who later on release their own albums and find that interstate radio stations are more than happy to pick up their work. This can easily be seen by the success of both out independents and major label acts, both recognised by the album and EP categories of the WAMi awards. Just as important is the fact that although there are major label entries in these categories, it’s by no means a guarantee to win.
“I know,” agrees Temperley. “It’s interesting, but I’d say it’s just the first time we’ve had major label releases to put in that category. I mean, Jebediah used to be the only one, but the thing is that you have people like Halogen and Cartman, who aren’t signed to a major label but are doing equally as good in terms of getting radio airplay. I would count that as being just as important, because in the end it really comes down to radio.”
So, as you can see, there are many forms of success and recognition, whether it be cake, compilation or gig – the Kiss My WAMis just make it bigger, better and more fun. Temperley couldn’t agree more, “It’ll be awesome to play the final show – a hoo-ha!”
Last night’s gig went swimmingly… very happy to be amongst it again.
For the record, my setlist was as follows:
Autopilot: What You’ve Got Pt. I & II
Red Jezebel: Find Our Way Back Home
Fourth Floor Collapse: Primary School
Highlights (of the rest of the evening) include my first chance to see a young singer/songwriter called Timothy Nelson, appearing around the traps with The Infidels. What a great voice, and some neat chops on keys and guitar.
Jake Snell went even more retro than me, with Header, Ammonia and Flanders — luckily, I had decided not to play Anky Fremp — how embarrassment would that have been… would have been worse than me turning up in the same outfit as Abbe May.
Also noteworthy, Ms May — one of the only people who didn’t appear to have pneumonia (rocking or otherwise), according to my guestlist — played a cover of Eskimo Joe’s Liar that inspired a strange reaction from the audience… finger-snaps are percussive, yet these seemed imbued with sarcasm as expressive as the lady’s voice.
Apparently there’s a desk recording that will be available in the near future…
In the meantime, here’s a desk recording of my RTRFM appearance yesterday on Breakfast With Barr, covering Halogen.
Clumsy’s an odd looking word, really when you look at it. Is there a word for ‘visual onomatopœia’?
CLUMSY CLUMSY CLUMSY.
And of course, rescpect to Tania, who has been keeping the flag flying at the Hydey up to this sad point.
Eternal thanks also to Hayley Beth for giving me the spot (get up and fight, kiddo) and to Nick Taylor, for loaning a guitar worth more than my life and far beyond my ability to play with any sense of justice.
Thanks also to Steve and Hugh, who turned up too late to hear me murder their song. Sweet kids.
Well, let me just say: Bob gave rock’n’roll to ya…
I went and saw my friends play a gig at the Prince Of Wales last Friday, where Steve introduced me to Matt Handley (sp?) from Pollyanna, whose been guitar teching for Chris Cheney in the USA with SuperDave… a pretty good gig, Parky played well and was somewhat more self-effacing in solo mode than the usual onstage banter that he and Hugh use to get by…
Anyway, it was also a good chance to see Simon, one of the nicest guys in rock’n’roll, former Freud’s Pillow bassist (where Kav and Joel from Eskimo Joe started out), now playing for Little Birdy.
Simon and I have always gotten along really well, although the days of hanging around the house as he explains the incredible sonic properties of the latest Kyuss album are long, long ago for both of us…
Last time I saw him, he took a look at me and casually remarked that as he got older, he had to make a decision about whether or not to enjoy his food or to stay in shape…. thanks Simon — there may not be an iota of malice in your make-up, but sometimes you’re a scorcher…
This time, he tells me I look like the gay guy from Human Nature, to which I reply, ‘Which one?’
The funny thing is, some producer had told him that *he* looked like one of the members of Human Nature, and I’m thinking it’s the same guy…
God bless you, Simon… and stop calling Katie ‘pizzaface’, she’s supposed to be a sex idol.
My birthday in 2 days…