Posts Tagged ‘Steve Parkin’
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…
This Tuesday, I’m honoured to have the opportunity to perform live at the Hyde Park Hotel for What I Have is Gold II, a night dedicated to the incredible songs that have come out of Perth over the last couple of decades.
For Facebookers, the info is here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=79149253348
In essence, it will be local artists playing covers of local artists and it promises to be a good night for punters.
For me, it’s the opportunity to demonstrate something I never felt I was able to adequately express in all my years of music journalism — exactly how much I love music and how deeply I respect the talent of the hundreds of songwriters that by and large, most people will never hear of or about.
In recent years, Perth has been more successful than usual with its ‘shout it from the rooftops’ approach of publicising it’s local musicians, but the real local music devotee (regardless of where they come from) must come to terms with the fact that the vast majority of their favourite tunes will fade into near obsolescent obscurity the moment that the band in question calls it a day.
Local stations such as RTRFM, which pride themselves on unearthing new talent, play a massively important role in the promotion of new artists/bands: this necessarily means that once a band has folded, the impetus or excuse to play the ‘best song of last year’ is exponentially undermined with each new artist that requires their assistance… and that’s as it should be, for the most part.
But on Tuesday night — possibly (at least rumoured to be) the last night of live local music at the public bar ‘fuck no, we don’t have a stage‘ institution that has been the Hydey front bar — I’ll be taking the opportunity to pay homage to some of my favourite bands and songs of yesteryear… (with one notable exception).
It’ll also be my first non-comedy solo show in 6 years. It’ll be my privilege to play, and a pleasure to see you there if you’re able.
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…