The Beasts (FEAT. Members of Beasts of Bourbon) and Adalita (Magic Dirt)
Having packed out WA rooms earlier in the year – The Beasts Still Here are set to Return
After an emotional final performance with the Beasts of Bourbon, Tex Perkins thought of getting the band’s members, past and present into a recording studio just to celebrate the band and see what resulted.
Sadly, bassist Brian Hooper died a week after the show.
But weeks later former Beasts Charlie Owen, Boris Sujdovic, Tony Pola, Spencer Jones, Kim Salmon and Tex Perkins assembled without a plan, save for the crazy M.O. employed back in 1983 when the Beasts first recorded The Axemans Jazz in that fateful 8 hour session. As back then, they went at it!
Songs weren’t so much learned as ideas thrown together and recorded the moment they coalesced. The result is a collection of pieces with names like ‘Pearls Before Swine’, ‘My Shit’s Fucked Up’, ‘Drunk On A Train’ and ‘On My Back’ in a raucous celebration of their own Beastliness. Spencer was sadly only around long enough to make it onto one track. But what a track – witty observations from the hospital bed entitled ‘At The Hospital’.
This isn’t The Beasts of Bourbon. It would need to have Jonesy on every track to be that!
But loudly and proudly this is:
the Beasts Still Here
Modern Australian rock icon Adalita is best known as front woman for Australian indie rock group, Magic Dirt, who have cemented their status as one of Australia's best loved and highly respected bands. Adalita, principal songwriter and a founding member of Magic Dirt, has successfully been recording, producing and touring records since 1988 and continues to establish herself as an integral part of the Australian music scene.
In 2011 Adalita released her debut self-titled solo album to rave reviews and completed a national tour to packed houses across Australia, including a performance for His Holiness, The Dalai Lama in June 2011 and also a national tour supporting Blondie and The Pretenders. She won Best Independent Release at the 2011 AIR Awards for her eponymous release and was shortlisted for the 2012 AMP music prize. In 2013, Adalita’s second solo album ‘All Day Venus’ blitzed the music scene, landing her the Age/Music Victoria award for Best Female just a month after its release and an invitation to deliver the keynote speech at the 2014 AIR Awards. Among her many achievements Adalita has worked on various creative collaborations, has been invited to speak at numerous artistic events and she also adds mentoring, acting, film scoring and photography to her repertoire. Adalita is currently working on her 3rd studio album.