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The Wolfbats
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The Wolfbats

Punk, Rock

Perth, WA

KINGSWOOD

Featured Artist

2012

23

Jul

KINGSWOOD

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne rockers Kingswood are the national winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. The bearded 4-piece will be opening the festival this Friday 27th July.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?

Well I guess the band originally developed from the blues. I have a deep love of the blues and a sort of unavoidable addiction to it, which means it will always creep through and be some sort of influence in the creation process, perhaps we will move into a more explicitly blues sound at some point in the future? But right now it's a real blend of heavier kind of blues punk and "stoner" aspects contrasting distinct melodies and more emotional music I suppose. It's hard to summarise because what most listeners know of our music is a very specific sound which is based on two tracks I suppose, when really it's a lot more varied. We have always wanted the freedom to move across genres to be as creative as possible, but under the chief principal of being a rock'n'roll band. The sound developed naturally, obviously from influence and inspiration, and also really become as objective as possible when developing the song writing process.

You’re one of the winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. What can Splendour revelers expect from the Kingswood live show?

YES!!! WE WON SPLENDOUR!! HOLY SHIT!!! WOW!! We can't believe it. Honestly. Revellers can expect that we'll be doing our damn best to put on our best ever show. I mean put yourself in our shoes...with an opportunity to open arguably one of , if not THE best festival in Australia, you can bet your bottom dollar that we'll be going all out and pulling all the stops.

What are you most looking forward to about Splendour In The Grass? Who are you psyched to see?

Festival vibe. The experience. The experience for Splendour Unearthed Winners, which only a few ever get to experience. Opening the festival. Losing our minds. JACK WHITE. AT THE DRIVE IN. SMASHING PUMPKINS. BLOC PARTY. BAND OF SKULLS. AZEALIA BANKS. LANA DEL REY. DZ DEATHRAYS. POND. TAME IMPALA. HUSKY. FATHER JOHN MISTY. NINA LAS VEGAS. EMMA LOUISE>>>>>>>KINGSWOOD

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The Jezabels

Featured Artist

2012

12

Mar

The Jezabels

( )

Sydney, NSW

Dramatic, energetic, uplfiting, indie rock with a commanding lead singer. We've picked them to play Field Day - a great way to start the new year!

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Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound?

Heather: Our music is an amalgamation of each of our own different musical backgrounds. We have tried so far to approach song writing in a way that allows us to have an equal input. Thus, our sound is the mixture of four peoples' musical interests - very confused!

What can the Field Day audience expect from your live show?

A strange mixture of genres. We find it hard to classify what we do, but perhaps you should expect an engrossing musical performance that will at the same time make you dance, and cry, and smile!

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Field Day?

I would really like to see The Presets as I've heard their live show is consistently amazing. I personally don't know much about a lot of the bands playing so I'm looking forward to just having a wander around and discovering new music.

What’s coming up in the future?

We're playing at Peats Ridge on the 30th of December, then Field Day, some south coast shows with Bluejuice and then Playground Weekender in late February. Betwixt all of this, we have some of our own shows lined up in Sydney and the other capital cities as well.

Australian music is?

Personally, I'm from the Conservatorium and I really love classical music. Although it is true that a lot of the major works are written by European composers, there are some really amazing contemporary Australian composers and the scene here for Australian classical music is growing. I urge everybody to check it out! I don't really see Australian music as having a unified sound. You can find the best of everything if you look in the right places.

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We Run With Wolves
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We Run With Wolves

Metal, Punk, Rock (Post hardcore, Perth, Hardcore, ...)

Perth, WA

The Space Between
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The Space Between

Rock

Perth, WA

IAMSWIM
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IAMSWIM

Rock (Rock, IAMSWIM, alien, ...)

Perth, WA

Chaos Divine
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Chaos Divine

Metal, Rock (BFMV, melodic, Metal, ...)

Perth, WA

SANZU
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SANZU

Metal (Sanzu, Diverse, Unique, ...)

Perth, WA

Tempest Rising
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Bughunt
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Bughunt

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (Perth, Fremantle, Rock, ...)

Perth, WA

GEORGIA REED
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GEORGIA REED

Indie, Pop, Rock (Georgia Reed, Waiting For You To Run, Helen, ...)

Perth, WA

Good Doogs

Featured Artist

2018

7

May

Good Doogs

Perth, WA

Mandurah party starters, Good Doogs are this weeks triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. Be sure not to miss them this weekend as they open Groovin the Moo in Bunbury.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 

Our Sound is hugely influenced by the “Californian Sound” bands like Best Coast, Wavves, Cloud Nothings and Fidlar but with our own Australian twist on it.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?

Having fun! The responses of people after shows, it’s a pretty surreal feeling to know that you and your music is the reason that someone is so psyched. We just wanna have fun forever and music is our outlet for that.

What can punters expect from a Good Doogs live show?

Hahaha umm... really high energy, lots of fun and lots of smiles. As we said, we just wanna have fun. That’s why we do it! 

 What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

I can’t remember who told me this, but the advice that has probably best served us to this point is, "don’t play every show that you are offered". Play the shows that will further the band (good support slots for bands that are bigger than you or good headline slots for the money you deserve) if you aren’t getting anything from the show, there is no point in playing it. Every band has a certain amount of “hype points” and if you spend them all really quickly on bad shows then no one will come to your good shows when you need them to!

 What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?

I think it’s nearly impossible to be devo when “Spring Has Sprung” by Skegss is playing. The whole song is just super upbeat and dreamy then the lyrics are literally about it coming into summertime and better weather and all the good shit associated with that.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?

I’d play them “Not Worth Hiding” by Alex the Astronaut. I’d get them to really listen to the lyrics and put themselves in that position growing up gay in a world that hasn’t necessarily been completely accepting of gay people. The lyrics in that song are super strong and I reckon would get more than a few people. 

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?

'Covered in Chrome' by Violent Soho. 100% go-to-song to psych any crowd up haha.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?

Went to The Drop festival in Margaret River with Dune Rats and Ruby Fields and it was sick. They don’t get heaps of gigs down there so the crowd get real psyched and the vibe is sick at those shows. 

Tell us about the bands or people in the Mandurah music community that inspire you.

That’s kind of the thing about Mandurah, we don’t really have an established music scene. Anyone that gets any good seems to move away, we don’t even have a live music venue in Mandurah which is sad for a city with 150k people. There are still a couple of bands here, but I guess we are kind of the trailblazers in the music scene here at the moment, but that in itself inspires me. The fact that I know we have other bands in Mandurah looking up to us makes me want to push harder to get further and use our position to further establish a music scene in Mandurah for the next crop of kids coming through - something that we didn’t really have. 

What are your plans for 2018?

 2018...hopefully get to Bigsound in September. We have another single coming out in a couple of weeks and going out on tour with Tired Lion too. Looking to release more songs, possibly an EP towards the end of the year but I suppose it will depend on what happens at Bigsound. Whatever happens, we plan on having fun!

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Arno Faraji
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Arno Faraji

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (Vibes, Wavy, hip hop, ...)

Perth, WA

Electric State
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Brufield
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Brufield

Indie, Pop, Rock (Brufield, Pop, Rock)

Perth, WA

Good Morning Apollo
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Good Morning Apollo

Electronic, Indie, Metal, Pop, Rock (#newmusic #indi, #music, #electronic, ...)

Perth, WA

MOTHMEN
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MOTHMEN

Rock (MOTHMEN, @mothmanperthband, Perth Band, ...)

Perth, WA

Small Batch Audio
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Small Batch Audio

Indie, Metal, Pop, Punk, Rock (#grunge #alternative #fremantle #perth)

Perth, WA

I SAID THE SPARROW
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I SAID THE SPARROW

Dance, Electronic, Metal, Pop, Rock

Perth, WA

FOAM

Featured Artist

2013

21

Jan

FOAM

( )

Perth, WA

Perth garage rockers FOAM are one of the winners of our Big Day Out competition. Catch the long-haired 3-piece opening the Essential Stage of the Perth Big Day Out on Monday 28 January.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?

We've been playing music together since high school, so we pretty much developed our taste as we know it now alongside each other. Early on we all shared an affinity for grunge and 'good' alternative rock, and that influence is still the backbone of the band. I've always felt that garage rock was the most fun I could have playing guitar, a punk ethos with a strong slathering of melody and emotion. Though sometimes it's also good to just go total angst. For us, simplicity is key, so we try and come out with what feels most natural, maintaining the idea that a great song could be played totally stripped back, or even transposed to a different genre, and still be a great song.

You’re one of the winners of our Big Day Out competition and will be opening the Essential Stage of the Perth Big Day Out - what can BDO punters expect from the FOAM live show?

We've been told a few times now that we're loud. That'll likely be the case on the day. Playing shows is our only form of exercise, so we like to make the most of it and get a good sweat going. If I fall entirely off the stage it won't be the first time.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the WA music community that inspire you?

I continue to be amazed by the people we meet in our time around the scene in Perth. It really is going on here. There are a few notables, Fat Shans record store/studio/badass venue opened up a little while ago and those guys have been doing a world of good supporting local artists. The whole team at RTR 92.1 run a damn fine alternative station, and with virtually everyone there being a volunteer it really shows how much passion there is. There are too many great bands to list, new one's are springing up all the time, and with Perth as small as it is you're never more than 3 degrees of separation away from them. Right now there's a really good 90's rock revival thing going on, or maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part!

What’s your earliest memory of seeing live Australian music?

I don't have a very musical family, so my first real rock show I went to with Jackson, it was the RollerCoaster Festival in Mandurah in (I think) 2008 when I was 14. The Living End were headlining, and we got there early enough to see Tame Impala, who were only just becoming a name on the radar by that point. Both were killer sets, and later in the day I lost my mosh virginity in front of Gyroscope, and later still I watched a bottle fly out of the crowd and take out Sneaky Sound System's singer. Turned out she'd been lip syncing. Yeah, interesting day.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

We'll be coming over and playing our first Sydney and Melbourne shows in March, and by the end of that month our second EP, Run Kon Koma, will be out and hopefully kickin'. From there, who knows? But hopefully no more serious injuries.

Australian music is…?

...the only thing keeping us sane.

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Flume
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Flume

Electronic, Indie (toro y moi, Moderat, m83)

Sydney, NSW

HYLA
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HYLA

Indie, Rock (dreampop, Garage, Fuzz)

Melbourne, VIC

SIAMESE
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SIAMESE

Indie, Rock ("Alternative rock"Fuzz"Feedback)

Adelaide, SA

PUCK
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PUCK

Metal, Rock (Stoner Rock, Doom, Fu Manchu, ...)

Perth, WA

Pat Chow
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Pat Chow

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (Indie, Punk, Rock, ...)

Perth, WA

MOANA
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MOANA

Indie, Rock (Moana, art-rock, grunge, ...)

Perth, WA

This Other Eden
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This Other Eden

Metal, Pop, Punk, Rock (Birds of Tokyo, Foo Fighters, hands like houses, ...)

Perth, WA

The Love Junkies

Featured Artist

2012

31

Dec

The Love Junkies

( )

Perth, WA

Rockin' Perth 3-piece The Love Junkies are the winners of our Southbound Competition. They'll be taking their driving riffs and fuzzed-out guitars to the Sunny Stage of Southbound in Busselton on Saturday 5th January.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?

I like to think of our music as being an open book. The content is very personal and confrontational at times. The music has to cater for the lyrical content so it turns into a mash up of genres. We love our heavy music and have drawn influences from bands like Refused, Mudhoney and Nirvana but we also love the softer dark side to music so we're all big fans of bands like Radiohead and artists like Gareth Liddiard and Jeff Buckley. I think from trying to express all these different thoughts and feelings in the space of 3:30 minutes, an element of insanity is present in our music haha.

You’re the winners of our Southbound competition and will be playing the festival in the first weekend of 2013. What can the Southbound crowd expect from The Love Junkies live show?

Three very excited young men with big muffs ;)

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

"Don't listen to them. As long as you believe in it enough and work hard enough, you'll be fine". Michael McDonald (my ol' man).

What are your New Years resolutions?

Listen to more Elliot Smith, Patti Smith, The Smiths, Watch more Will Smith films, eat more Smiths chips, change my name to Smith. SMITH.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

We're releasing our album early in the year and are going tour and play our little sugar buns off. And then record another album :)

Australian music is…?

...BOSS!

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Tired Lion

Featured Artist

2015

20

Apr

Tired Lion

( )

Perth, WA

Perth 4-piece Tired Lion make excellent grungy rock'n'roll. We like them. A lot.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound has kind of just changed as time has gone on; we wear our hearts on our sleeves and you can hear our influences in the music. When we all first started jamming we were a weird stripped back folky thing but once we wound up plugging our acoustics into fuzz pedals we knew it was time for a change. I think each of us has brought our own little flavour into the band and mixed together it comes out as what you’re hearing. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
It sounds cheesy but day to day life, really. When we’re content it’s harder to write but as soon as something happens to rock the boat it all comes pouring out. Sometimes we sabotage ourselves just to get something to write about, but being a band of sooky emotionals [made up word] generally it’s not hard to find something to pull inspiration from. Also just hearing, seeing and experiencing music from other great bands inspires us in our writing.    
 
What can punters expect from a Tired Lion live show?
We try to put on a high energy show which ends up being lots of sweat and long hair flying everywhere. We put everything we’ve got into a live performance and lately it’s been great to see audiences getting a bit raucous and joining in. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
A good friend of ours Dave Parkin who is responsible for recording our latest EP and the single “I Don’t Think You Like Me” is kind of like a wise father figure to us. Throughout the recording process we’d often come to him with an issue of life, love or whatever and he’d always have some pretty cool advice. It’s hard to pinpoint an exact example but if anyone ever gets to meet him or has met him you’ll get it. Sensei Parko!
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Probably Violent Soho’s “Muscle Junkie”, if someone’s crying it’s usually because some loser has done something to upset them. Without knowing exactly what the song is about “Muscle Junkie” seems like one big f**k you to someone, plus the loud guitars are an automatic cheer up. I know it makes all of us in TL happy blasting a bit of Soho as loud as we can in the car. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Maybe “Get Out Of Here” by Bored Nothing, it’s reminiscent of a troubled Elliott Smith and such a beautiful song. In the right frame of mind, at the right time and with the right person I’m sure they’d shed a tear.  
  
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
In Melbourne about a month ago we hijacked the guest DJ spot at the Luca Brasi show after party. We took over just as the dance floor was pumping from some well-placed bangers. We put on Bodyjar’s “Not the Same” and everyone went absolutely crazy, some even rushing the stage to sing along. We were pretty stoked to see people give it up for a classic.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local gig we went to was a little floor show mid-week in Leederville just outside of Perth City. It was one of those shows where nothing is mic-ed up and the vocals can barely be heard over the loud guitars and drums. This gig albeit a pretty basic set-up was awesome, a new band called Hip Priest (members from unearthed bands Silver Hills and Rag ‘N Bone) absolutely killed it for their first show ever, immediately afterwards we asked them on to support us for a local headline show we had in the coming weeks. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the WA music community that inspire you.
The WA music community is a great thing to be a part of and basically everyone involved inspires and supports us. We could go all day giving shout outs but…; Pat Chow, Timothy Nelson & The Infidels, Apollo’s Son, Silver Hills, Emperors, Apache, Foam, Rag ‘N Bone, The Love Junkies, Black Stone from the Sun, our Manager Jake, Claire and Mike from WAM, Rachael Barrett Photography, Mitch and Lizard from the Prince. That’s just to name a few and missing probably one million others that make being in a WA band so rad. 
 
What are your plans for 2015?
Our plan is to be as busy as possible, next weekend we’ve got Groovin the Moo in Bunbury. Then next month we hit the road with British India to tour their new single across Australia as well as releasing a new single ourselves. The following month we’ll likely be releasing an EP followed by our own Australian Tour. We’ve locked in a few mini-festivals over east towards the latter part of this year, and of course in between we are always writing and working towards our debut album.
 

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NEW TALK

Featured Artist

2016

25

Jul

NEW TALK

Perth, WA

Perth quartet Rag N' Bone refer to themselves as "polished scunge" and describe their sound as "an angel meeting up with a drunken choir, vomiting diminished scales over battle drums". They really make us feel uneasy, and we love it.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Axel: Kiera, Sara and I all met at university. We shared mutual interests in distortion, decadence and despair and the idea that we needed a hunk of a Scot on the skins - Jamie popped into view. Jamming in isolation in Sara’s family home in the northern suburbs of Perth really gave us time to connect before we’d even played a show - now, hundreds later, we sound like polished scunge, an angel meeting up with a drunken choir, vomiting diminished scales over battle drums and feedback cries over wheatfields. Also, we get compared to Midnight Oil heaps.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Axel: Making any medium of art is such a curious process, so I can only answer for myself - making music is as much a part of my routine as my morning coffee. Work is work. I think that with our recent material we’ve really tried to go really within ourselves, the dark crevices and all to really create something worthwhile and meaningful. I also really strive to create a throughline from our work to other works of art - our songs wouldn’t exist without Charley Patton, Carson McCuthers, John Cassavetes or Gareth Liddiard and like my experience following this snakey trail of artistic lineage, hopefully we get people to walk down that path too.
 
What can punters expect from a RAG N’ BONE live show?
Kiera: We like our live shows to be cathartic for us as much as for our audiences so there’s usually a lot of energy, writhing around & even screams from band members. Our strength lies in the intensity we create on stage but also bringing that back to something quiet and controlled. Ultimately it’s where we feel the most connected as a group and probably the thing we love doing the most so hopefully that’s felt by the people watching!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Kiera: In the world of music making it’s easy to go through periods of self-doubt and get caught up comparing yourself to others. Whenever I feel myself leaning towards those thought patterns I always think about a particular Alan Moore quote that basically says that anything of value in our lives starts with a risk & in order to be able to make it you have to put aside the fear of failing and the desire of succeeding. This plus the love and support from family & friends is usually enough to steer me back on course!
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Kiera: Parking Lots by Ermine Coat 
Axel: Harmony by the Avalanches - after spending a whole weekend with Wildflower, I’m convinced that this track in particular is the perfect balance between bursting with joy and crumbling in melancholy: a recipe for bliss.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Kiera: Autoluminescent by Rowland S. Howard
Axel: Hollow by The Tommyhawks - they get a shoutout later but this track in particular is so warm and full of quiet spirit that it gets me everytime.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Kiera: I’m a sucker for bangers so I’d go for something like I Touch Myself by The Divinyls!
Axel: Death to the Apple Gurls by Gerling
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Kiera: It was actually last night and it was The Tommyhawks EP launch at Jack Rabbit Slim’s. We played along with them and Hyla and the room was buzzing like mad! They are such an awesome live band who work really hard. We drank bourbon and coke and I felt like I was in highschool again. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
Axel: Perth is a veritable hotspot for people who inspire me, for various different reasons - Dave Parkin for being an absolute wizard with a mixing console, Luke Rinaldi for his dedication to assist and nurture (as well as a complete mastery of ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’), Shit Narnia for their complete emotional and sensory assault, Foam for being the most consistently improving band for the past five years, Childsaint for their lilting, dreamy songscapes, Pat Chow for having the best rock songs of the past recorded human history, WAM for their total love for all things music in Western Australia, so many bands, instrumentalists, bookers, punters and people that make Perth such a wonderful place to be a musician.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Kiera: We can’t reveal too much just yet but we can say that soon we will be leaving our Aussie shores to play a few shows overseas. We’ve just finished recording our debut album which we feel really proud of so you can expect to hear more music & see more videos in the lead up to its release early next year. Other than that we’ll be working on new music, going to all the amazing gigs in Perth & trying to win at quiz nights.

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Here comes the Rooster
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Here comes the Rooster

Indie, Rock

Perth, WA