HERE’S YOUR GRAND FINAL JUDGES!!! The cream of the Perth music industry crop will be on hand to make the very difficult decision tomorrow night. They are…. Aarom Wilson (WAM) Dave Parkin (Blackbird Studios) Bob Gordon (Xpress) Adrian Lugg (4 Pines Beer & Music afficianado) and….. Amber Hasler (Fringe World Director) What a combo. We’re certainly happy it’s in their capable hands, because it’ll be ridiculously tough to pick a winner outta this bunch of dream bands BIG SPLASH Thanks and Love to Bob Gordon and all his team at XPress ###Semi Final #2 NEWS### Congratulations to last nights second semi final winners Hideous Sun Demonand Pat Chow! These two bands go through to the grand finals! — atRosemount Hote ### Semi Final #1 NEWS ### Artist Felicity Groom, Music Industry Boss, Mike Harris (WAM CEO), Artist Vanessa Thornton (Jebediah, Tommyhawks, Axegirl), Agent, Manager, Venue Programming Luke Rinaldi (many bands, many venues, Sweet Mate) & Media Rep Renee Pole (RTRFM) had a big job ahead of them Eloise Ashton’s strident unique beautiful pop driven largely by her songwriting on piano & a little on uke gently filled the Rosemount Hotel. An Angels voice & nimble fingers backed up guys who’s accompaniment feels like love was enjoyed by all in the room. Puck really made use of the Formidable Rosemount PA. Dream doom marvels who combine brilliant songwriting amongst man noise are hard to not rate high, which had the judges in much discussion toward the end of the night. Husband were a great closer to the night epic pop songs perfectly performed must have had the large amount of fans present feeling fantastic. Michael Paolino really showed that his vocal range extends above the baritone realm where Husband’s hooks are usually found. The rendition of Moody Blues Nights In white satin was a note & tempo perfect version of the original. Second place on the night was Kitchen People. Their Hydey style punk rock was short sharp & fast & really made the room buzz. For such a new band on the scene they have made a sound that combines cool punk with 60’s garage rock but still has songwriting as the focus. Very fun band. Dream Rimmy were first according to the judge sheets & it could be because they have stumbled across a mix of 90’s band sounds poured through players who largely create psychedelic music. It’s like they love early Pink Floyd psyche directions but they’re making songs that fans of Ride & Dandy Warhols would love. Cool harmonies from drummer man George Foster really brought out Ali Flintoff’s vocal lines. See you at Semi Final #2 at Rosemount Hotel Saturday August 2 this show featuring Pat Chow, Old Blood., Hideous Sun Demon, Junkadelic + A WILD CARD from heats 5, 6, 7 & 8 really make for a great night of bands. 1st & 2nd place getters from this show will join Dream Rimmy & Kitchen People at The Bakery Saturday August 9 for the Grand Final! ### Heat #8 – WHO WON? It’s all here ### Amani Consort are such an impressive act. Amani up front is a most adorable front person. She traverses between Soul Diva and hip hop MC seamlessly & has so much love to give & the whole room could feel it. Their grooves are acid jazz with a downbeat hip hop direction courtesy of the drummer who sizzles a hi-hat very nice & precise. Keys, guitarist & bass player were all exceptional, a very tight act. Mambo Chic were a fresh French breeze. Folky jazz pop led by Geraldine who dressed like a world leader. Geraldine’s commitment to singing in her French native tongue teleported all at The Ellington to northern latitudes, all of a sudden we were in Paris! Cool interplay between the drummer & guitarist made for a real dynamic performance. Shameem is a world class, open & honest performer. In seeing Shameem live you really get to know her, we’d call it a beautiful & personal performance. Shameem’s band & their casual presence & always on point musicality made for a unique performance of pop soul jazz. Artist & Venue Owner, Graham Wood (The Ellington) Music Writer & Singer man, Bob Gordon (Xpress Mag), Events & Band Management, Aaron Rutter (Jump Climb), Artist & Station Manager, Jason Cleary (RTRFM ) PLUS Artist, Roy Martinez (Man of Bass) are a formidable bunch of gents when it comes to how much music they’ve all experienced … It was Junkadelic’s rambunctious jubilance that excited the judges the most & for good reason. Their street band style outfits, call & response choir, hip hop MC, a cameo from Randa Khamis, BANG-on standing percussion from multiple members & an army of brass with funk ammunition, was a joyous treat for all! It will be so much fun to see these guys in Semi Final #2 at Rosemount Hotel August 2nd… Next up is Semi #1 featuring Eloise Ashton, Dream Rimmy, Husband, Kitchen People & Puck at Rosemount Hotel THIS FRIDAY July 25! ### New News! Who Won Heat #7? ### Bears & Dolls are a very popular act & rightly so, their multitextural sound & endlessly playful compositions & a unique thing in the WA scene. Exceptional players with a high regard for rich cinematic pop these guys are for fans of Yann Tiersen as well as Lamb & even 90s act Frente. The front woman is a sight & sound to behold & takes Bears & Dolls to an amazing level of performance – if you like to have fun go and see them! Girl Heroin dig on slick modern pop. Endlessly carefree with cool chords these guys are very listenable & nailed every tune. From the harmony vocals to arpeggio synths their Pheonix meets chill wave direction if played in front of a big crowd at one of the newer festivals being run around town would be lapped up by a young crowd that want to switch off to cool new pop music. Mind Canary, an act now flanked with a new violinist & bass player are a vehicle for dirty guitar with startling melodic lines the likes you might hear from Deerhunter, Gareth Liddiard’s work with The Drones or even Neil Young. We forsee these guys making songs forever for whoever wants to plug into their indie rock songwriting.. Band Manager: Alex Vaughn (Apache) Artist & Recording Engineer: Mitch MacDonald (The Love Junkies), Media: Tim Milroy (Xpress), Artist: Bobby Burgess (Long Gone Midnight, Drop Macumba Scotch of St James ) PLUS Sound guy: Stu McLaughlin (Abbe May Front of house, Odd fellow) all dug on one band in particular & the night saw the highest score fropm any Big Splash judge collective for 2014 & the year past. Hideous Sun Demon owned the room. Their low end feedback intro went for just the right amount of time to convey that these guys are accurate animals of gutter punk rock driven at times with a psyche kraut groove like that of King Crimson & at other moments with a psycho-billy flare like that of The Cramps. But these guys went further than that – their closing track taking all on one of the most elevating wild rides we’ve seen at a Big Splash heat. It was a killer night & Hideous took first place. Heat #8 at Ellington July 22 next Tuesday feat: Amani Consort, Junkadelic, Mambo Chic & Shameem – GET DOWN! ### News From The Big Splash – Heat #6 UPDATE ### Flyrite was packed full of talent & celebration last night – Here’s what happened! Kid XL are very much on their way out of the Garage. Cool humming indie rock directions from these guys opened up the night in fine style. Expect to hear more about Kid XL later this year as they gig around town a bunch more. Sam Wylde presented a bombastic & uber talented set of acoustic driven pop. With the same attention to dynamics that you might enjoy from early Jeff Buckley recordings these guys are a seriously talented bunch of songwriters & performers. Sprawl really impressed the judges – in particular Mitch MacDonald really rated their unique sound. Probably the closest band to have any likeness to 90’s Perth band O! these guys are definitely an act for new music lovers. weird rock painted with a post rock brush but with a sense of playfulness that post rock usually cant quite muster. Judges on the night Joe Cipriani (Xpress Magazine owner / publisher) Artist & Recording Engineer, Mitch MacDonald (The Love Junkies) & Jamie Terry (Pond & The Silents) along with Music academic, artist & media Personality Adam Trainer (Gilded & RTRFM) PLUS Music promoter & Street Festival Director Paul Fletcher (Jump Climb / Beaufort Street Fest) all agreed that Old Blood were the band of the night. Aside from having a mass throng of devoted punters Old Blood really worked the room with the Blues Soul evangelism. Guns on their instruments there is not much Old Blood need now other than further recognition. Tony Papa Adams has that rare front man DNA, which capped off a great performance. See you all next week at The Odd Fellow for Heat #7 – details here: www.thebigsplashbandcomp.com ### Breaking News Heat #5 ### Chances Tribe are a bunch of exceptional musicians combining folk music textures with rich rock arrangements. The rhythm section was warm & precise AND Their songs have been carved patiently into thought through tunes. But what must be highlighted is the voice of the front man Wilson. Judges Adam Christou & Phil Stevens commented a number of times that this man can certainly sing. Finders delivered with awesome dance moves & gusto an electronic, heavy rock & post hardcore pop layered performance that was certainly the most sensational display of the night. The vocalists voices were worlds apart – one deadly & raging the other like an autotuned songbird – but the giant post hardcore universe of Finders has a home for such polar detail. There were a horde to see this band … Iceage Sugar delivered cool indie pop rock. These sweet gents seized the opportunity to play to the full house at Mojo’s Bar gather for The BIg Splash. Nirvana & Arctic Monkey influences showed these guys dig on musical directions from each side of the pacific … However, Mojo Bar Manager Johnny ‘bake it’ Adams (Mojo’s Bar) Band Manager Record Label Boss Phil Stevens (John Butler, SanCisco & Jarrah Records), Artist Abbe May (playing herself), Sound Engineer & all round guru Pantha PLUS Media Adam Christou (RTRFM Music Director) all were yet to see Pat Chow who played at the end of the night. Pat Chow are the most experienced act, they have the most radio coverage & their onstage presence is casual & unassumingly assured. As Abbe May said in the back room these guys had the best tone. The judges rated their fuzzy & jangley 90s indie rock influenced songs & areas, musical skills, richness of influences & stage presence the best of the night. Pat Chow as well as Heat #6, 7 & 8 winners make up the 2nd semi final line up on Saturday August 2, at Rosemount Hotel! See you all next week at Flyrite for Heat #6 details here: www.thebigsplashbandcomp.com POSTED JUNE 25 What happened at heat #4 of The Big Splash Band Comp 2014? Well …Dyatlov brought the cold eve to boil very quickly. The front may has a cosy presence, which saw them get around some minor technical difficulties with ease. Tough straight up punk hardcore rock act that are definitely a great party starter. Sail On! Sail On! Front man vocalist & guitarist Skinny explained that to purchase their web URL they needed $55K. The level of post punk hardcore that Sail On! Sail On! deliver & their jarring grooves, fuzzed out bass lines & bang on emphatic vocal delivery will certainly keep their crowds – and hopefully bank balance – growing in what is a massive scene in Perth & the wider world. Puck knocked everyone’s subsonic-sensitive socks off. Liam on drums & vocals is penning strong pop tunes behind all that dream doom poured through a kaleidoscope of tough 90’s acts such as helmet. There’s news to read below about how great these guys really were … Venue Manager: William Bosco (Flyrite) Band Manager & Venue Manager: George Gifford 7th (Man the clouds & Scotto), Venue Booker, Musician, Band Manager: Jake Snell, Doctorate in Musical theory, Musician & media personality: Adam Trainer & Recording Engineer & musician: Malcolm Clarke – all had a lot to weigh up! Kitchen People’s energized & agile stage presence was the icing on their hi-tempo skuzzy-&-dangerous 60’s-garage cake. Kitchen People won the night, however … As it was so close & given you now have enough heat winners to enjoy & cheer on at the first semi in a month’s time, on Friday July 25 at the Rosemount, Puck’s performance saw them added to that upcoming semi final event as the WILD CARD entrant from the first 4 heats. The first semi line up features … Eloise Ashton, Dream Rimmy, Husband, Kitchen People & Puck. However let’s not get ahead of ourselves, Next week it’s heat #5 at Mojo’s Bar, Tuesday July 1 feat: Chances Tribe, Finders, Iceage Sugar, Pat Chow. Heat # 5, 6, 7 & 8 winners make up the 2nd semi final line up on Saturday August 2, again at Rosemount Hotel! Photo: What happened at heat #4 of The Big Splash Band Comp 2014? Well … Dyatlov brought the cold eve to boil very quickly. The front may has a cosy presence, which saw them get around some minor technical difficulties with ease. Tough straight up punk hardcore rock act that are definitely a great party starte. Sail On! Sail On! Front man vocalist & guitarist Skinny explained that to purchase their web URL they needed $55K. The level of post punk hardcore that Sail On! Sail On! deliver & their jarring grooves, fuzzed out bass lines & bang on emphatic vocal delivery will certainly keep their crowds – and hopefully bank balance – growing in what is a massive scene in Perth & the wider world. Puck knocked everyone’s subsonic-sensitive socks off. Liam on drums & vocals is penning strong pop tunes behind all that dream doom poured through a kaleidoscope of tough 90’s acts such as helmet. There’s news to read below about how great these guys really were … Venue Manager: William Bosco (Flyrite) Band Manager & Venue Manager: George Gifford 7th (Man the clouds & Scotto), Venue Booker, Musician, Band Manager: Jake Snell, Doctorate in Musical theory, Musician & media personality: Adam Trainer & Recording Engineer & musician: Malcolm Clarke – all had a lot to weigh up! Kitchen People’s energized & agile stage presence was the icing on their hi-tempo skuzzy-&-dangerous 60’s-garage cake. Kitchen People won the night, however …As it was so close & given you now have enough heat winners to enjoy & cheer on at the first semi in a month’s time, on Friday July 25 at the Rosemount, Puck’s performance saw them added to that upcoming semi final event as the WILD CARD entrant from the first 4 heats. The first semi line up features … Eloise Ashton, Dream Rimmy, Husband, Kitchen People & Puck. However let’s not get ahead of ourselves, Next week it’s heat #5 at Mojo’s Bar, Tuesday July 1 feat: Chances Tribe, Finders, Iceage Sugar, Pat Chow. Heat # 5, 6, 7 & 8 winners make up the 2nd semi final line up on Saturday August 2, again at Rosemount Hotel! POSTED JUNE 17 Results from the third heat for The Big Splash Band Comp 2014 are up! Future Entity are an intergalactic classed act. Fusing soul pop vocals with a drum & bass live rhythm section. Next level performance from these guys. Indigo busted out their anthemic dreamy action with a gritty urgency. The act out of Mandurah have a serious presence onstage, are all very talented lads & are certainly a young act to watch. Stu Orchard angled his incredible players toward rhythmic jazz areas as well as some kraut explorations. An unfathomable talent is Mr Orchard with a great many pop tricks up his sleeves. Always an honest performance from this man & his ensemble. Judges Manager Garth Carwardine (Tame Impala, Pond) Musician Vanessa Thornton, City of Fremantle Amy Stokes, Media: Renee Pole (RTRFM), Recording Engineer & musician: Brian Mitra (Fremantle Studios) were won over by Husband. Husband currently being flogged on RTRFM – & their warm baritone-vocal-hook-driven songs – go through to the 1st semi final happening at the Rosemount July 25! Check the schedule for the next heat! POSTED JUNE 10 Results from the second heat for The Big Splash Band Comp 2014 are up! Crisis Mr Swagger owned the entire room mixing African psyche rock influences with super hi res, scattered digital percussion in his closing track – this man is the real deal. Check those guns…. D-Jeong could have his next release out on Warp. The tones of Amon Tobin & cut up jilted groove placement of Chris Clark & sampling classical tracks, the guy is relevant & fresh. D-Joeng will be known soon to all future downbeat lovers. World-A-Fuzzy make great music, are great players & great singers. They package all this into an incredibly professional performance ready to drop into the next tune the second the last one ended. Playful rock with joyous grit. Judges Felicity Groom, Engineer: Chris Wright (The Bird production manager), Venue Owner: Brenton Grove (Bird), Travis Johnson (XPRESS), Em Burrows (Rock Scholars & Lammas Tide) were won over by Dream Rimmy.. As coined by Peter Barr on RTRFM this morning, Dream Rimmy’s psyche-gaze rock washed over & through the room so certain. Def a band to get out & enjoy – soon! Check the schedule for the next heat! POSTED JUNE 4 Last night was the first heat for The Big Splash Band Comp 2014! Silver Hills flexed their now vocal power & deft guitar chord arrangements in a way Kurt Wile would have tapped his foot to. Lilt were a live electronic delight – sometimes ambient other times jungle, with gorgeous vocals & presence. Braves were relaxed, loving & cool with their up tempo lo fi indie rock. However, the judges Garth (Spinning Top), Scarlett (San Cisco), Pantha (Mojo production), Renee Pole (RTRFM) & Shane Corry (Mojo’s Venue manager) selected the pure vocal, composition, pianist & ukelele talent that is Eloise Ashton. Eloise made the room still with the awareness that she had something on the night which certainly made her winner of The Big Splash 2014 Heat #1. Check the schedule for the next heat!