West Coast aren’t the only ones flying the flag for WA. Tomorrow, four top local tunesmiths unveil albums well worth checking out.
Roots rock king John Butler dishes up some fresh electronic textures with his trademark acoustic guitar workouts on Home. This scribe had the pleasure of visiting the US-born but Pinjarra-raised musician at his home near Margaret River, and our fireside chat is the Seven Days cover story on Saturday.
Kav Temperley, former No. 1 ticket holder for the Fremantle Dockers with his Eskimo Joe band mates, releases his debut solo album, All Your Devotion, tomorrow. Sad, bittersweet, honest and ultimately uplifting — there’s even a Christmas song — the record charts the dissolution of his marriage and eventual new relationship with fiance Beth Ivers. Lovely stuff.
Another Perth rocker turned solo man in Gyroscope frontman Dan Sanders releases Bloody Banks of the Swan, his brilliantly titled first salvo under his XIII moniker. Demoed in the home studio/man cave at his home in Perth’s northern suburbs, the 13 tracks showcase a looser, darker and grungier side to Sanders. There’s some rough diamonds to be discovered.
Last but not least, eccentric singer-songwriter Peter Bibby unleashes Grand Champion, his follow-up to critically acclaimed 2017 debut Butcher/Hairstylist/Beautician. Bibby plays Badlands on October 12 and the Prince of Wales, Bunbury on October 13.
If that wasn’t enough homegrown music, next week Bob Evans — the solo non de plume of Jebediah singer Kevin Mitchell — releases Full Circle, a 25-track best of album covering five studio albums spanning 15 years plus acoustic covers of his favourite WA songs from Eskimo Joe, Little Birdy, the Triffids, the Sleepy Jackson and Red Jezebel.
The massive Eagles fan won’t be at the MCG on Saturday as Jebediah play at Rock Rover in Fremantle on September 28. Mitchell is understandably equal parts stoked and gutted.
Last week, east coasters Holy Holy peeled off faces with their incredible new single Faces — a hypnotic rocker recalling Foals, built around a female vocal hook from Ainslie Wills and Ali Barter (who is guitarist Oscar Dawson’s missus) and swirling synths courtesy of Japanese Wallpaper.
Be front and centre when the Holy Holy, a superb live act, play Mojos on November 29 and the Rosemount Hotel on November 30.