A towering tick on the bucket list, the mighty Tex Perkins is making his way to Dashville. And he's bringing one of our good mates, Matt Walker, and their new swampy blues project The Fat Rubber Band, to Gum Ball 2019.
It’s understandably difficult to pull together a coherent picture of a man whose career has taken in everything from the groundbreaking experimental punktonica of Sydney mid-80s noiseniks Thug to the lilting, dark country of his recent material with the Dark Horses.
From the hard-edged pub rock of the Beasts Of Bourbon, a snarling slice of filthy pub rock, to the evocative soundscapes of The Cruel Sea, whose extraordinary 1991 single ‘This Is Not The Way Home’ placed Perkins’ world-weary growl in a new musical context and heralded the emergence of an entirely original yet archetypically Australian sound.
Then there’s the Tex, Don & Charlie albums, which saw Perkins join forces with the legendary Don Walker, Cold Chisel’s pianist and master songwriter and son of the Clarence Valley, and Charlie Owen, previously Australia’s best kept musical secret.
Now is Tex’s exciting new (and long over due) band with Matt Walker (Lost Ragas). It’s a blues swamp-groove kinda thing that’s a little reminiscent of some of the things in Tex’s back catalogue. Many new originals inhabit the setlist, but you might just hear a few Cruel Sea covers...