The rumours you’ve heard are true. At the end of August 2018, The Fly By Night Club’s tenancy in Victoria Hall in Fremantle is coming to an end.
It’s a decision that wasn’t made lightly. However, the Fremantle council has recently made the call to not renew the lease. As one of Australia’s most iconic live music venues, the Fly is determined to find a new a home in Fremantle and has been eagerly pursuing new opportunities.
The Fly’s Freo culture is one that’s been going strong for over 30 years. Although the council hasn’t supported a long-term extension of the lease, the club will remain at Victoria Hall over the next two months to allow time for its transition to an alternative venue.
For local and International musicians, promoters and the general public, the Fly has been a staple in the live music community since 1986. As its own entity (and the black cat of Freo that keeps coming back), they will continue to foster artist development across the state and be the go-to venue for the best live music acts around. Stay tuned for more information!
To help the Fly shift into new ventures, On the Fly – proudly presented by Fly By Night Club and Toward Music – will raise funds and share the live music love, with some of the hottest music acts donating their time to support the club. All takings from the door will be donated to the Fly.
You can get a taste of what to expect and the epic line up of rock music goodness in the video below.
On the Fly Lineup:
The Volcanics formed in Perth’s back blocks with a purpose of playing stripped down rock ‘n’ roll with no hype attached. Inspired by the great local bands that came before them such as The Victims and The Scientists, as well as the classic rock sounds of The Stooges, MC5 & AC/DC, the boys from the band have concocted their own brand of white-hot, fuel injected rock n’ roll.
The Volcanics are known for their raw and explosive live performances and are humbled to have played alongside many great national and International acts including Asteroid B612, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Hellacopters, Celibate Rifles, Mudhoney, The Drones, Radio Birdman, You am I, The Scientists, The Datsuns, Guitarwolf, The Saints and New York Dolls.
The last few years saw The Volcanics play numerous sold-out shows, with latest album OH CRASH… being toured throughout the East Coast and Europe. Currently, they are working on their fifth studio album – expect a single off it later this year!
Black River Ransom:
Three-piece psychedelic blues rock ‘n’ roll. The longstanding songwriting partnership of Gabrielle Harter and Scott James paired up with the thunderous drumming of Benny Patterson gives rise to this blues-driven, fuzz-drenched wall of sound and mayhem that is Black River Ransom. With old-school panache and charisma, the trio delivers an energetic, well-crafted and genuine performance.
Reformed and reborn in a lounge-room early 2016 after a premature split late 2015 came just weeks after their much-anticipated debut EP Rita. Armed with new material and essence, the Freo-based trio is currently recording their second EP. Their sound is complete, exploratory and dynamic.
Small Batch Audio:
10 years of trading demos with other bands led a three-piece UK based group to evolve into one of Australia’s finest ‘full band’ duos, similar to the likes of Royal Blood and The White Stripes. A band of literal brothers, Matt and Sam Steedman are Small Batch Audio.
A formidable ‘duo’ who fiercely hold their own against bands with twice the onstage musicians represent a highly energetic rock-outfit. The music – a combination of dirty rock riffs, bold melodic hooks and songwriting crafted for commercial airplay. SBA are both meaty and hard-hitting.
“We are songwriters who have deliberately limited ourselves by what we can achieve live with just a guitar, vocals and drums (and a sample pad)”.
The result? An amps-smokin’, finger-bleeding, louder-than-anything else you’ve heard ‘full band’ rock sound.
SBA are a breath of fresh air in the national music scene. Reunited in Fremantle after performing in the UK and Melbourne, the brothers are now in pre-production with upcoming single, Set It. They have promising plans to produce another 4-tracks and release their debut EP in the near future.
The Silent Deeds:
Loud live music that makes you want to move! Their music, which draws on a range of influences including Tom Petty, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam and Hoodoo Gurus, is designed to get its audience grooving. Put it all in live music blender and you have yourself a cocktail of catchy guitar solos and funk-driven sounds.
“The Silent Deeds song style is best described as acoustic rock with edge…Featuring strong vocals, an excellent guitar that at times touched on a U2 sound and solid, competent bass and drums, The Silent Deeds stated their case in very loud terms and got the night rolling” – Ausland181 Review.
After 15 years as a front man, natural progression led Rob Walker to embark on a solo career in 2012. Renowned for his unflagging commitment to melody and alluring lyrical ambiguity, the talent behind Walker’s raw, solid and heartfelt vocals are backed up by an incredible stage presence.
Walker’s music has earned him support slots, tours and collaborations with Jeff Martin/The Tea Party, Phil Jamieson/Grinspoon, Rai Thistlewaithe and Phil Stack/Thirsty Merc, Jon Toogood/Shihad, Clint Boge/The Butterfly Effect, Mark Seymour/Hunters and Collectors, Sarah McLeod/SuperJesus, James Reyne/Australian Crawl, Diesel and Andrew Strong/The Commitments.
“Rob is a great example of real music. His passion for his songs oozes with each lyric. A great talent destined for bigger things.”- Brad Pottinger, 96FM Perth.
There’s a lot about Hadyn Ward and his music that can be summed up in one single quote, “I think the biggest and warmest buzz of all is playing your music to the folks who don’t often see the limelight in life, the battlers, they appreciate your music and time so much, it gives them a buzz too!”
Ward first picked up an acoustic guitar at age 12 in his hometown of Albany, Western Australia. He was a 90’s kid, however, so the acoustic model was soon enough replaced by a distortion-drenched electric guitar and a grunge obsession spurred by the energetic-yet-eternally searching likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Stone Temple Pilots.
Moving to Perth as a young adult, Ward’s first taste of gigging life came when he worked as a barman at Clancy’s Fish Pub in Canning Bridge (Perth) in the early to mid 2000’s, offered the opportunity to take the stage, he formed a duo with a mate and played regularly for the next 3 years.
During this time Ward formed Indie Trio Feldspa, playing almost 200 gigs around WA until 2007. Playing country shows remains a priority for Ward and as he went on to release solo works, his musical drive and commitment to sharing his songs gained momentum.
Ward has gained airplay on Nova 93.7, Rtrfm, Triple M in Albany, Esperance and Kalgoorlie, as well as community channels. Stay tuned for Ward’s soon to be released single, Kalgoorlie. It will be accompanied by his first music video.
Fix the World:
Fix the world is a Perth based original acoustic and electric, modern rock/ballad duo with father and son.
Alan Pitts (acoustic rhythm guitarist/vocalist) and Connor Pitts-West (electric rhythm and lead guitarist/vocalist) formed in 2015 after playing music together since 2005 in various bands and projects, including Work in Progress, Pokkets of Resistance and Likewise.
The duo currently has nine demo songs on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and other platforms. Their most loved track is Red Shoes, which was written by Connor in 15 minutes with a Digitech Timebender delay pedal and a guitar in an open tuning. Fix the World played that at “Norman’s Rare Guitars” in Tarzana, California, with a YouTube video of the show. One take and warts and all but who cares.
Beautiful Cartel is a dynamic original music project, created by Glenn Herbert. Drawing on influences from the early 90’s right through to the current day, Beautiful Cartel can best be described as an “alchemy of sound”. With over 20 years’ songwriting and performing experience, Glenn has meticulously refined his style and matured as an artist to become one of Perth’s most diverse songwriters.
“I’ve had the pleasure of recording Beautiful Cartel’s EP ‘La Familia’ and I have to say… wow. The songwriting alone is what really draws me into this project. Having the creative freedom to add parts as backing was a true privilege and I’ve never had so much fun and felt so inspired to help bring an artist’s songs to life as I have with Glenn, a master at what he does and damn he does it well.” – Peter Renzullo (Scudley Records).
What makes Beautiful of Cartel unique is the blending of styles. Although a lot of time and effort has gone into creating a diverse playlist of styles in Glenn’s original music (which makes his releases feel more like electric compilations, rather than something by one artist, much of the work has influences from different styles within the one song. The rarity of that just makes the experience so much more impressive.
Command A Panda:
The duo band that has been performing and breaking stages across Perth, Command A Panda has certainly gone far over the 18 months since they first put their panda heads together. With lots of guitar rhythm sections and smashing cymbals on every beat, Matt and Tim engraved their indistinguishable hard rock blues into the minds and bleeding eardrums of the people of Perth. After a decade of extraordinary musical history together in various bands, April saw the departure of Tim Hosken from Matt’s side to, what would seem the other side of the world in a place called Sydney.
To pick up the drumsticks was Adam Moore, previous from rock band Shelby and the Neighbours, smashing the skins is nothing new to him.
A new panda means a below zero degrees fresh approach to sound, an impressive feat for any band. Although the small explosions of fuzz-tone guitar, raw cheeky vocals and avalanche of belting drums are still present, it is unknown what exactly will come from these two lads working together.
Command A Panda has emerged as one of the most popular band making music that sounds like older music without getting all ZZ top about it. We can only assume that their future work will be as distinctive and arguably their best, tailored for people outside the norm and with an appetite for life’s hilarious ironies and a dedication to chewing through every one of them.
Hailmary is a hard rock outfit out of Perth, Australia, being described as “BIG hard rock that is world class” – Dave “Higgo” Higgens (Triple M) and “intricate yet accessible throughout, this is music that packs a punch, soothes the soul and reminds you of why you started listening in the first place” – Loud Stuff UK.
The band have an impressive back catalogue, including their latest release Evolve Dissolve, which features some of their heaviest work and a clip to the accessible single, Longest Line. The release was supported with an Australian tour and return trip to the UK to play the 10th annual Hard Rock Hell Festival with Ugly Kid Joe, Living Colour and Ratt, before returning home to support Superheist and Fuel.
Hailmary played to British audiences for the first time in 2015 with their energetic, sweat-soaked show, creating a buzz and gaining a solid UK following. They’ve also supported and collaborated with The Screaming Jets, Jeff Tomei (Matchbox Twenty, Jerry Cantrell, Smashing Pumpkins, Skid Row) and Jon Stockman (Karnivool), with a handful of shows in the US and multiple appearances at Rock the Bay, Rock n’ Load, Brewtatility and Wallapolooza festivals on the East Coast.
The foundations of Hailmary began with debut EP Lottery Of Life which earned the band a WAM (Western Australian Music) award in the Heavy Rock category.
Saturday 7th July: Fly By Night Musicians Club, Fremantle | Main Hall | 4pm-12pm | $15 on door
Happy Hour 5-6pm
5pm – 5:30pm | Hadyn Ward
5:40pm – 6:10pm | Fix the World
6:20pm – 6:50pm | Beautiful Cartel
7pm – 7:30pm | Rob Walker
7:40pm – 8:10pm | The Silent Deeds
8:20pm – 8:50pm | Command A Panda
9pm – 9:30pm | Small Batch Audio
9:40pm – 10:10pm | Hailmary
10:20pm – 10:50pm | The Volcanics
11pm – 11:30pm | Black River Ransom
In addition to these epic sounds, there will also be tasty food from Kazz’s Jamaican Kitchen with meat and vegan options available, and drink specials at the Fly’s Hobbs Bar so get down early for happy hour!
Want to help support the Fly By Night Club but can’t make the event? You can still donate! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.