"I reckon the North Beach riot, Christmas night 1993, was the wildest gig."
says Mutt guitarist Phil Nixon. " Six hundred people a dude surfing on the roof, the riot
squad, front page headlines around the country, even CNN world news coverage, filth..."
The story so far...
Just one of the memorable moments in Mutt’s career so far. Six years on and still pumpin
out their distinctive brand of hardcore/surf/punk/thrash tunes. Their loyal Perth following
still pack local venues like the swanny, the Castle, and the Ozone Bar. "900 punters at club
Atlantis, Scarborough, was the biggest crowd at a headline gig," says bass player Damien
Pearce. " I remember Phil spewin because the door girl was charging three bucks instead of
five. We lost eighteen-hundred dollars."
They’ve supported heaps of Australian and overseas bands; played at the Big Day Out in 1996;
toured Sydney and Melbourne twice; released a self titled CD. They’re about to release their
second CD called "Gallows Apple" through Phantom Music on the Rocket Label. Six in ya face
tracks that show the punkier side of the band. Two of the songs ( CMT and Wades Break) were
composed by former lead guitarist, the late Aaron Franche. "This CD is dedicated to Aaron."
says the whole band.
The songs were recorded in Perth at Upper Room Studios. Damien Ward engineered and mixed the
band live to DAT, no overdubs or funny stuff. What you get is a true representation of what
the band sound like live. "Yeah it was a bit of a fluke getting Damien as our engineer."
says singer Wade O. "He’s mixed us live stacks of times, and always pulled a good sound.
So we just said ... make us sound, like we sound in the pub. And he did."
Mick Watson from Phantom Music heard the CD and loved it. The band scored a deal on the Rocket
Label and will release a follow up full length CD early next year, as well as an eastern
states tour to promote it.
"They huff and they puff and they really do blow the house down." said William (the toughest
critic in Perth) Bowe, X-Press Magazine. Mutt have consistently had favourable press, except
at a certain The Mark of Cain Support ( which we won’t go into). However they got more press
than they ever thought possible, when a Christmas Night party held at Wade and Phil’s house
in North Beach, got a little out of hand. The Riot squad were called in to give the press
something to put on the news. (Christmas night is generally a quiet one for news). Anyway
it made headlines around the country, then CNN picked it up some more, and beamed it around
the world. Wade recalls, "we couldn’t even go out because every TV station had a camera
pointed at the house."
Mutt Have supported the following bands; All, Bad Brains, Babes in Toyland, The Mark of Cain,
The Fireballs, The Meanies, Tumbleweed, Screamfeeder, Bodyjar, The Hard-ons,
Celebrate Rifles, Painters and Dockers, Def FX, Cosmic Psychos, Front End Loader,
Exploding white mice, Psychotic Turnbuckles, Ricaine, Bigger than Jesus,
Non intentional lifeform, plus the Perth leg of the 96 Big Day Out where they shared the
stage with the Prodigy.
To make your own Mutt you will need;
Alec McGowan on Drums. Mark Middleton on Lead Guitar’ Wade O singing, Damien Pearce on bass, and Phil Nixon on guitar and bio writing. Pop that in the microwave and enjoy!!!
Gallows Apple will be released in November so Check it out.....
For more information, please contact Ross Stewart,
Phantom Music WA
PO Box 863 Mirrabooka WA 6061
Ph +618 9249 3721 Fax 618 9249 5712
or Phantom Music Sydney Office
375 Pitt St Sydney 2000
Ph 612 9264 8992, Fax 612 9267524