Flashing Tablet; Bluetile Lounge; Tucker Bs; Adam Said Galore; Apartment 99; Panelbeater, MX and Grosvenor Front Room, August 3, 1996

words – 610 (though with 6 bands! please?)

For the first time, by my memory anyway, the thoroughfare between the Grosvenor’s front and back rooms was finally opened to the trampling of the ordinary punter through the Grosvenor’s pool room. When both rooms are open, as in an impromptu mega-gig like Saturday’s, this little corner in East-ish Perth becomes a veritable hive of scenesters and shysters simply celebrating the opportunity of choice between snug pub or big venue, soft or loud, a bar to lean on or carpet to jump upon. All power to choice, I say.

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Flashing Tablet; Panelbeater, Planet, November 24, 1995

In the spirit of dubbing certain days, weeks and even weekends as ‘awareness days’, I propose that Friday the 14th of November be called “World Drummers Day”. On this day, last Friday, the usual, scene-stealing guitar front instead gave way to the unsung and unsinging drummers in all their thumping glory at Planet.

First up, Panelbeater’s bass and guitar dirge was enough to draw one’s attention directly onto the machine-tight flailings of drummer Jamie Hamilton.

Yes indeed, sitting back behind his ‘rack of whack’, Hamilton (an ex-drummer of another local band, Finger) thumbed his nose in the unbearably-loud atmosphere as his two guitar buddies cared little for what came out of their amplifiers. That is, other than the volume.

With shades of Mustang!, Wormfarm and similarly “artistically sloppy” references, Panelbeater should nonetheless be sampled because of their artistic ties to the Jacuzzi International band co-op and sound.

Flashing Tablet have a similarly godlike drummer in the form of Chris Hann, better known for his singing and guitar work for Wooden Fische. Not since Thrombus days has a drummer left his seat quite so often, here with Hann using his sticks to conduct the others just as much as hitting the skins.

With his inimitable drumming style – obviously inspired by Wooden Fische’s Flick Dear – of using the cymbals sparingly and hitting the big, bassy toms hard, songs like Daleks were like Wooden Fische doing an O! or Devo song.

Everybody Has a Song to Sing may be the title of their cassette launched on the night, but I reakon singers go pretty damn fine behind the drum kit too.

Adam Connors