The Wave Rock Weekender Line Up
Bob Log III (USA)
He’s done Wave Rock before and of course the high energy mystery man owned it and he’s been bugging us to come back ever since. Bob Log III is a One Man Band Slide Guitar Party. A perverse product of the Arizona desert. He travels the world clad in his cannonball man, extra tight jumpsuit and signature motorcycle helmet with telephone/microphone attached and unfailingly sweats up a river while kicking on a kick drum, stomping his homemade foot cymbal and playing slide on an old archtop guitar. We know not who he is but since his most recent album “My Shit is Perfect” hit the stores we couldn’t resist giving this Arizona whirlwind another taste of our very own desert.
Chico Mann (USA)
Member of the world’s greatest afro-beat band ANTIBALAS from New York City – Chico Mann is the James Brown of the Casio and his electro hybrid of afro-beat, afro-cuban and freestyle hip-hop disintegrates cultural and musical borders and puts three decades of underground sounds into one super good time. It is his first tour to Australia and his three piece live show will set the party on fire Sunday night. It's like a classic Afro-Soul-Salsa mash-up that has all the jumpin' live energy of Fela Kuti leading a procession in The Shrine with the raw, improvised hip-hop of Madlib flexing on the 303. Urb Magazine
Dan Kelly & His Dream Band (Vic)
As if we aren’t already daydreaming or seeing things under the wonder of Wave Rock – Dan Kelly and his Dream Band play their first ever Wave Rock and come to take us on a melodic and sonic spree - from the bottom of the sea to the polar ice caps, via alien cities and other strange spaces in the galaxy of his brain.
Tijuana Cartel (Qld)
Fusing Flamenco guitars, trumpet, percussion and beats – Tijuana Cartel are really running their own race outside of industry and music convention having built a huge and loyal fanbase purely from great live shows and respecting their audience. Their sound fits our sun-kissed State like a glove but throw those Mexican infused sounds out where the WA desert meets the wheatbelt and magic will definitely happen on Sunday after dark (just like those enamel coated, toxic adhesive hippy car stickers promised).
DDave McCormack (NSW)
Formerly of CUSTARD, THE TITANICS and various other quirky, smartarse pop projects along the way – Dave McCormack is a charming, irreverent and welcome addition to our lazy Sunday session. He hasn’t been to WA for a long time and his deep back catalogue of hits and sharp wit will be more than welcome in the afternoon sunshine.
Charlie Parr (USA)
A confused and shy individual, Charlie Parr plays original and traditional folk and Piedmont-style blues, accompanying himself on National resonator guitars, 12-string guitar and sometimes a banjo. He’s released six CDs, three of which are still available, the latest of which is called Roustabout and contains something like 14 tracks of original and traditional folk music recorded in true monophonic sound.
Charlie Parr has failed at most things in his life. Music seems to have rendered him unemployable and is the only thing he’s ever done with any confidence. A lot of folks have been saying nice things about Charlie, despite the lingering odours and indecipherable comments he makes. It says a lot about folks; they’re hanging in there with him, in spite of himself.
The Jezabels (NSW)
Last seen in WA supporting Tegan and Sara - the Jezabels blend of indie rock, pop and disco is supreme and feels destined for great things. It’s a big, compelling and expansive sound which will sit perfectly alongside the stars coming out in the big desert sky on Saturday night (right before the usually hoedown/urban exorcism really takes hold).
Graveyard Train (Vic)
As the exorcism of urbania comes to a climax on Saturday night the perfect soundtrack comes in the form of the incredible horror country band GRAVEYARD TRAIN on their first trip to Western Australia and exclusive to Wave Rock.
Graveyard Train ripped chains and hammers from hell to forge Horror Country. They are the pioneers of a new genre that will make you cry and curse and scream. Ghost stories, murder ballads and tales of redemption are crooned through melodies plucked directly from the afterlife. Haunted love, haunted souls, even haunted clothes are typical subjects covered by the songs of the Graveyard Train. These aren’t the kind of ghost stories kids tell around the campfire – they are the tales of horror whispered by inmates in the dark, the tales of bloodlust muttered by the insane, the tales of woe and regret whimpered through dying last words. Six men play men’s instruments just as men were born to do. Chain, washboard, steel guitar, banjo and harmonica – instruments with a long history of storytelling underlay six voices tempered by whiskey, blood and poverty. Graveyard train offer penance to this town of sinners. Beware the plague of locusts, beware the hail of frogs, beware the localized apocalypse that is the Graveyard Train.
Great hair, skinniest legs on the bill, total passion, fresh faces and all the right influences – the Joe Kings work hard and play hard and are one of the emerging talents to watch out of WA. Young, smart and full of heart they give every ounce they’ve got to every rock and roll show. There’ll be smiles for miles when they play Sunday morning with stadium sized songs and wild lead breaks in an acoustic duo format. Cool.
Initially formed as an outlet for well-known Perth songsmith Sean Pollard (New Rules For Boats) to ply his solo tunes, Split Seconds have developed into a cohesive, all-singing and instrument swapping band with a character all their own. Pollard’s songs are brought to life with spacious and understated instrumentation. Guitarist Todd Pickett (Abbe May And The Rockin’ Pneumonia), Rhys Davies (Faith In Plastics), Benjamin Golby (New Rules For Boats) and drummer James Trewenack (Dyslexic Fish, The Jackards) create the effervescent harmonies that energise each song like a fizzing morning Berocca – just the musical kick we need to get into gear as the first band on stage.
Umpire is an underground indie supergroup of sorts formed from various members of acclaimed WA bands such as Adam Said Galore and O.
They’ve been described as sprawling, sunshine filled indie rock so that’s exactly why they are the perfect fit for Saturday afternoon.
Drum n Bass producer extraordinaire Shock One hails from Perth but has been crunching dance floors globally these past 12 months with his high-vibe melody-rich production style. Already a grand master of broken beats he has been playlisted on BBC Radio 1 in the UK and the BBC Asia network with his eclectic collection of drum and bass and dubstep. Shock One is going to take the Sunday night party to extreme levels!
Perth heroine Abbe May is now a well known musician around Australia for her solo achievements and her time in The Fuzz and Abbe May & The Rockin’ Pneumonia.
She is one of our favorites too and a life memb
er of the Wave Rock Weekender posse for her numerous contributions since the first edition. Abbe has been working very hard honing her skills and developing her songwriting both in Australia and overseas over the past couple of years and the results are amazing. Be one of the first people to see her new band in full swing at the rock.
Paul Greene (NSW)
Paul Greene may have represented Australia as a sprinter at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games but he is actually one of Australia’s most valuable musical champions. Still relatively undiscovered, Paul performs solo with stomp box, harmonicas, a battery of guitars and a ton of soul and is an absolute must to catch if you haven’t seen him play. We may also use him as the festival rep in any impromptu running races. This is Paul’s first time at Wave Rock and we know you’ll be blown away.
Emily Ulman has established herself as one of Melbourne’s finest singer-songwriters. Emily is applauded for her lyrical honesty (ranging from moving and confessional, to humorous and self-deprecating), and the sheer beauty of her clear, distinctive vocal delivery. Listening to Emily play is like finding your heart between the cushions of your couch and that’s what many of us need on Sunday morning; Emily Ulman, a hug, some toast, a beer. Ahhh.
It might be a cliche to call a band unique these days, but if any band fits that description it must be Stoney Joe. Who else would have the hide to mix straight-up fingerpickin' country guitar and ukelele with programmed beats and a vintage sh-101 synthesizer? How many other bands in town have not one, but two ocarinas in the mix (both tenor and alto)? What other bass player triggers samples with his feet? And where else are you gonna find hats that big? This band was made for Wave Rock and Sunday be all the better for it.
A singer who can open her mouth to let her life and times roll right out on a melody that's sometimes melancholic and other times heartening, Ruby Boots hitch-hikes on the roads of alt-country, blue grass and folk rock all, with a contemporary spin. She’ll perform as a trio at Wave Rock with two other vocalists, violin, banjo, and mandolin and is sure to rouse you sweetly from your dreams on Sunday morning in the legendary alarm clock set. Always a treat.
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Last but not least – the Sunshine Brothers are the resident band for Wave Rock. Their traditional Sunday sunset spot at the Wave Rock Weekender is an unmissable high vibe moment for everyone.
They are a dub/reggae band like no other - it’s the unique, irreverent and honest delivery of original recipe reggae music that guarantees fire on the dance floor, smiles on faces and feelings of general glee every time they take to the stage.
The Brothers make you feel supremely good and every show feels like a celebration even though you and the band don’t know what for.
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