The paint is barely dry on this year’s WAMFest but the great local music continues with endearing garage-pop quartet Spacey Jane launching their new EP, In the Slight, at the Rosemount Hotel on November 10.
Led by charismatic singer- guitarist Caleb Harper, the Freo foursome are hurtling towards a million Spotify spins and have supported the likes of Alex Lahey, Car Seat Headrest and British India. At the Rosie, Jack Davies and the Bush Chooks, New Nausea and Dulcie will warm up punters for Spacey Jane. Tickets from Oztix.
MUSIC TO OUR EARS
Describing it as “the most ambitious contemporary music policy any party’s ever had”, shadow arts minister Tony Burke did not show Labor’s hand but shared the principles which would underpin the policy if the ALP win the Federal election next year.
After being invited to speak at a WAMCon industry breakfast this month by WA Music honcho Mike Harris, Burke said the policy would address issues threatening artist revenue, such as venue closures and the breakdown of copyright in the streaming era.
“My view is, it’s your music, you write it, you perform it — you own it,” Burke told the modest gathering at the State Theatre Centre of WA after an acoustic performance from Lucy Peach.
He also pledged to work with Sounds Australia to provide more nimble funding for musicians to grab critical touring and recording opportunities, especially overseas.
In relation to mental health, Burke expressed “alarm” at the lack of Federal Government assistance for support agencies specifically dealing with the “challenges” of working in the music industry.
The music scene here in the west is extraordinary and inspirational,” added Burke, who also attended last week’s WAMAwards.
STARS LINE UP FOR SARC
Local artists Felicity Groom, Moonlighter, Dan Howls, Sealamb and DJ Pukka line up to support the Sexual Assault Resource Centre. The benefit gig is on November 9 at Fremantle venue Rock Rover with bands donating their time and talents. Tickets are $10 pre-sale or $15 on the door.
Fresh from supporting Taylor Swift at Optus Stadium, Broods join the burgeoning line-up at the Ice Cream Factory. The Kiwi sibling electronic duo play the Northbridge venue on December 28, supported by CXLOE, Angus Dawson and Lilt. Tickets go on sale via Eventbrite on November 12.
BRITISH VETS AT THE ASTOR
The Astor Theatre hosts gigs from veteran bands appealing to music lovers of a certain vintage. Firstly, Madchester legends Happy Mondays play Perth on March 2, two weeks before shoegazing Scots the Jesus and Mary Chain hit town. Talk about noisestalgia! Tickets from Ticketek.