A boutique indie rock festival at Soggybones.
On Saturday August 27, West Perth skate shop SOGGYBONES plays host to HOT FREAKS, a 10-hour indie/punk rock block party featuring 12 acts from around the country.
Boasting WA debuts from the likes of Hannahband and Oslow, as well as the return of interstate favourites Grenadiers, The Sinking Teeth and Horror My Friend alongside a slew of fine locals, Hot Freaks will be the first event to take place in Soggybones newly renovated 400+ capacity warehouse space.
GRENADIERS are relentless. Over the last 18 months, the trio have played 70+ shows, clocking road miles with Shihad, Unwritten Law, British India and Millencolin. Their 2015 album Summer received a feature album nod from triple j, and since their last visit, they embarked on their first ever international tour – a string of UK dates including an appearance at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. Now, armed with the new fiery single, Live Fast, Diabetes – a fiery, unhinged two-and-a-half minute barn-burner that rhymes “blue bird” with “infant’s turd” – the Adelaide punks return to Perth to headline the first edition of Hot Freaks.
Sometimes we all forget about rock n’ roll a little bit, but just like life in Jurassic Park, it finds a way. Grenadiers’ new album is that amber preserved mosquito that you need in your life right now. – Kill Your Stereo
If Bukowski had a punk band, it’d sound like PAT CHOW. With earnest lyricism, a little scruff around the edges and melodies that make Frank Black blush, there’s a good chance Pat Chow are your favourite band’s favourite band. Their 2015 debut Are You Okay? boasted 12 tracks of laser-focused, rapid-fire punk rock gems and irresistible riffs, including the obscenely catchy Bad Thoughts and slow-burning Full Circle, turning enough heads to be named The West Australian’s second best local record of the year behind only Tame Impala. After gracing the stages of In the Pines, State of the Art and WAM Festival, Pat Chow have cemented themselves as one of the best kept secrets in Australian indie rock.
“More hooks than a fishing convention.” – The Music
If an alternate universe, the Beach Boys and Nirvana have a lovechild that sounds like GUNNS. After half a decade kicking around with the likes of The Preatures and Violent Soho, the sleeper cell of Spinning Top Music returned late last year with a stunning slice of technicolour dreampop in the single She’s a Rainbow. The four-track EP of the same name that followed was pure bliss – 20 minutes of enchanting beachgaze, just begging to be played at full volume, shimmering guitars and angelic vocals reverberating off every surface.
“Gunns have just scratched the surface of what they are capable of producing.” – The Wandering Lamb
Don’t let the title of their latest album, Stay In, Do Nothing, fool you – Adelaide’s HORROR MY FRIEND are anything but lazy. The Adelaide trio are know Australia’s western seaboard well, and they’ve forged a reputation both here and around the nation on their obscenely energetic live shows that’ve seen them share bills with the The Cribs, Swervedriver and Cold Chisel. Now a part of the Poison City family, Adelaide’s hottest freaks return to their second home of Perth for a killer party.
“If you dig Pavement, Dinosaur Jr or even newer breeds such as DZ Deathrays, you may have just found your new favourite band.” – The Music
THE SINKING TEETH will eat your heart out. After clocking miles with Jimmy Eat World, Bodyjar and Luca Brasi, the Melbourne trio return to Perth for Hot Freaks in the lead-up to their debut LP. This is a band that doesn’t hold back: there’s agony in every syllable, beauty in every note and an unabashed honesty that sinks through every second, on record and on stage. With a new album waiting in the wings and two stellar singles already floating in the ether, The Sinking Teeth are poised for a mammoth future.
“Like a sonic boom of rock ‘n’ roll.” – Dom Alessio, triple j
Forget the mythology that calls Southern California the home of desert rock: we’ve got our own slow-burning symphony west of the Nullarbor, and its name is PUCK. After supporting such heavy hitters as Sleep and Title Fight, the trio turned heads last year with the single Take the Day, which might just be one of the best offerings of doom to come out of Western Australia. Rendered live, Puck’s riffs are tectonic, their rhythms elemental, like the sky and the earth cracking simultaneously.
“With Puck, we’ve found modern Australia’s answer to Kyuss.” – Life is Noise
You’d be forgiven for mistaking the earnest and uncompromising songs of OSLOW for a forgotten Midwestern emo gem. In their short lifespan, the Sydney quartet have developed a mastery of restraint and focused catharsis, wielding crescendos like precision weapons. After logging time on the same stages as La Dispute and The Smith Street Band, Oslow’s first visit out west comes as they’re putting the finishing touches on long-awaited debut full-length.
“Oslow know how to write an anthem.” – Max Quinn, triple j
It’s hard to believe HANNAHBAND is the sound of just two musicians. The Sydney duo – who make their WA debut at Hot Freaks – fill every crevice of sonic space with furious instrumentation, irresistible call-and-response dueling vocals and irresistible post-punk grooves. Armed with an impeccable new batch of songs in Quitting Will Improve Your Health, this is the sound of a band on the brink of something special; the kind of artist you’ll be talking about for years to come.
“If you’re into dismantling gender roles through pop-punk songs that are equally as catchy as they are raw, you can’t go astray.” – Blunt Mag
Rounding out Hot Freaks will be four of Perth’s finest DIY outfits: the inimitable and uncompromising LEECHES, garage psych weirdos HIP PRIEST, DIY pot-punks SUBURBAN & COKE and low-key Perth punk supergroup THE DAMN SPIRITS.
Saturday August 27
Soggybones, 7 Old Aberdeen Street, West Perth
Tickets on sale from 9am Monday July 18:
** All details from official press release **