Joe Strummer and the Mescalaros, The Kills, The Soledad Brothers
Tim Hamzah - Guitar and Vox Phoebe Hamzah - Vox Paver Pickins - Drums
Johnny Cash, The Clash, Kings of Leon
Unearthed artists we like
Feeling as though you’ve been driving for days on a desert highway, stoned for most of it, food wrappers, ciggie butts and cans littering your tired ol’ El Camino, but still constantly pushing forward through the heat and desolation, singing along to the dirty country and blues pouring from the radio, when oh oh, you hear the voice of a beautiful siren beckoning you from the strangled depths of a dim and unsavoury motel that has all the charms of an apocalyptic trailer park in disrepair. Hypnotically entranced you turn off the dusty road, with your foot tapping and heart racing you make your way to her, knowing that she’ll only devour you whole, yet strangely you do not care. Introducing The Belle Ends... Originally starting out as a two piece feed in mid 2004, a kiss led to love and love led to morning, and morning led to strumming the guitar in bed. It wasn’t long until the rough, gritty and driving force of Tim was able to persuade the fair, pure, naïve innocence of jazz trained Phoebes to get up on open mic night at Mojo's Bar. Folks couldn’t get enough of their strangely fused parched country rock, gritty blues, uncategorisable, harmony driven sound and The Belle Ends were born. The Belle Ends then hit the roads for the next 2 years playing all over this sun ravaged state of ours with nair a lick of sunscreen in sight. Such is the power of their UV repellent country strangled siren charms. Such a varied and loved sound saw tours and dates with The Drones, The Presets, Red Jezebel, The Fuzz, Schvendes and The Kill Devil Hills to name but a few, from the far corners of the southwest to the glamour filled vomit pits of the city. After 2 years of two piece feed, they stumbled across Paver Pickins who had appeared to have spent his days in a drunken haze at the bar of a derelict brothel, where his head was filled with the sound of whiskey sloshing down his own gullet, with whores enacting on perma-repeat the best 2 minutes of their goddamn lives and the sound of the steam trains ferociously clicking down the tracks, hell bent on shaking that pit of sin to the ground any chance they got. Or at least that’s what the voices in his head suggested. As it turned out the click of the demon trains in his head gave the fellow an unnatural sense of rhythm and as it turns out he ain’t half bad on the ol’ pig skins. The Belle Ends grew an extra head. The drunken swagger of the Belle Ends of old evolved into a dirty, trashier, conceived–in-the-dunny-of-a-trailerpark and am really narked off but in a genuinely beautiful and romantic kinda way, under the newly formed hydra, and the trio didn’t look back (except when head counts came up 2 and Paves and Phoebes had to backtrack to the pet shop to peel cooing Timmy away from the puppy dogs). The Belle Ends have just recently grown a fourth head and Mr Simon Roggio has thrown his bass into the volatile and highly infectious mix. Four’s a party that ain't gonna stop. The family feast are now heading into the studio to record the EP that this town has been at them to do for a very long time, but have recently released the single End Of An Era as a little hors d'oeuvre for all to snack on. Their genuine, raw, delicate and brutally honest harmony driven sound has seen them as recent winners of Triple J’s Unearthed which saw them support Missy Higgins at the Perth Concert Hall and "End Of An Era" hitting the J-airwaves for the rest of the country to dance their hearts out too. Truly, you’ll feel like dancing too.
In the words of Missy Higgins:"This track's got great raw energy. The male and female unison vocals are really different and works - it almost creates a phasey kind of sound. Love the dirty bluesy feel and that sound… that sound like a massive hand clap in the middle. I reckon you guys would be fun to see live!"
WA's best-looking couple, The Belle Ends, will be supporting Missy Higgins at the Perth Concert Hall. Find out more about this competition. More »
Describe your music.
This question's always really hard to answer. Whenever we’re asked we always wind up turning to the nearest person, saying “You answer it!” So, as a result, we’ve been described as everything from blues-rock-n-roll, to folk-punk, to sounding like “eating fried chicken at the Hyatt”. But essentially we’re a blues-rock-alt-country-with-a-hint-of-punk band. Essentially.
Tell us about your local music scene
It’s very tight knit. Everybody knows everybody else and seem to really back each other up. Some people might find it suffocating, sure, but we love it.
Where and when are you most inspired to write music?
There’s no real time or place that inspires us, but a lot of our music has been written at 2 in the morning sitting in our living room on the couch or outside in our backyard with a beer.
What can West Australians expect when you get on stage to support Missy?
A really fun show. We’ve gotten over the initial shock of being picked and are now working on putting on a great show for everyone who’s there. And trying to forget about the size of the stage!
What's the best thing about working with your partner?
As cheesy as it sounds, it’s just great to be able to share and enjoy something we love so much and are so passionate about with each other. Plus, organising rehearsal is simple.
And the worst?
There wasn’t really a down side to it until we started looking for other people to join The Belle Ends and realised that the prospect of working with a married couple really isn’t that appealing for some reason. Luckily we managed to pilfer a couple of our friends from Tim’s other band (The Slim Pickins), who knew what they were in for.
What was the last album you bought?
We bought each other a CD for Valentines Day (because we’re saps). Tim bought me Kasabian’s album “Empire” because we saw them at the Big Day Out this year and were just blown away, and I bought him the soundtrack to “O Brother Where Art Thou” because it’s just a great, timeless, fun album.
Australian music is...
Exciting. There's so much talent and support that it's only going to keep getting stronger and stronger.
The Belle Ends onstage at the Perth Concert Hall 28th May 2007
Here's a few pics of our WA Missy Higgins comp winners on stage ... The Perth Concert Hall. The Belle Ends onstage. Phoebe from The Belle Ends. Tim from The Belle Ends. The Belle Ends.View Profile Hide Interview