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You guys have had to add not one,
but two more shows at the Astor
Theatre. Obviously the demand has
exceeded expectation – that must be
Yes, I think ‘humbling’ is the most
appropriate word to describe the feeling
in the Jebediah camp at the moment.
When we started playing 20 years ago, we
were always so excited for the opportunity
to play our songs in front of people, and
that has never changed. We feel absolutely
blessed that so many people still want to
come and see us play, this many years on.
Tell us about the compilation CD Twenty.
We had to wait until we were 20 years
old to release this one, otherwise the title
wouldn’t have made sense, would it? It
also has 20 songs on it, a mix of singles,
crowd favourites and band favourites. It’s
quite a trip down memory lane for us – and
hopefully for others as well.
Your breakthrough album, Slightly
Odway, was released in 1997, with two
tracks being selected in triple j’s recent
hottest 100 of the last 20 years. Does
it blow your mind that people are still
frothing these tunes?
So many things have blown my mind
over the last 20 years! In 1997, we were
young, carefree and a bit excited, without
mobile phones or internet. We knew very
little about the industry we were about to
become part of. Those songs really capture
the feeling of that time, but we had no
idea that they would leave such a lasting
impression on a lot of people. We were
just doing what came naturally to us and
in a sense that’s what we still do now, only
with slightly wiser heads.
It’s no secret that you guys have worked
on other projects individually – your
bandmate Kevin Mitchell has had great
success as Bob Evans, and your own
group, Axe Girl, is killing it! Did you ever
think it was the end for Jebs?
I’m not even sure there will ever be an
end for Jebs. We definitely have periods
of inactivity, or even just publicly perceived
inactivity, but I can’t imagine any of us ever
saying that we would never want to play
music together again.
After 20 years as a band, you guys must
be pretty close. Do you know what the
others are thinking at all times?
Not exactly, but we are very close. We
were inseparable for the first decade of
our adult lives, so we’ve been family for
a very long time now. Even though we
might not spend as much time together
these days, and we have all found other
interests outside of Jebs, we are essentially
the same people, and that relationship
is always there.
We’ve always wondered – where does
the name ‘Jebediah’ come from?
Back in the 90s a bunch of bands named
themselves after characters from The
Simpsons. We were one of them.
Astor Theatre, Jun 26-28 .
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Summer’s over but that’s
no reason to ditch the
Sunday seshes – not when
the City of Perth is hosting
a selection of Perth’s best
musos in the Northbridge
Piazza every Sunday. Best
of all, it won’t cost you
Every Sunday, until Jun 28.
They may look cute, but
don’t underestimate their
rock cred. The sister quartet
grew up on a healthy diet
of Jimi Hendrix and Led
Zeppelin, and can thrash
out psych-rock with the
best – why else would they
have been asked to play
Mojos Bar, Jun 11-12.
producers Hermitude are
no longer Australia’s best-
kept secret. Catch these
well-etched DJs in their
biggest shows to date.
There’s gotta be more
than fluoride in Freo’s
water – how else can you
explain the consistently
epic talent to emerge
from the port city? Case
in point, country singer
Rose Carleo, who’s been
smashing the ARIA charts
with her raw ballads.
The Charles Hotel, Jun 20.
Year Tour at the Astor
WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL
This year’s RTRfm Fremantle
Winter Music Festival has
stages across four venues,
more than 25 bands,
including Sugar Army,
Mt Mountain, and Tired
Lion, and more beards than
Jesus’s family Christmas.
The venues are divided by
genre, so you won’t have to
sit through a folk ballad if
you’re a metal head.
Mojos, North Fremantle
Bowls Club, Swan Hotel,
Railway Hotel, Jun 27.
COSMIC PSYCHOS &
In what’s possibly the most
raucous double header in
the last decade, the Cosmic
Psychos are joining forces
with the Dune Rats for
one giant sweaty party at
the Rosemount Hotel. Get
ready to head-bang.
Rosemount Hotel, Jun 27.
5 SECONDS OF SUMMER
A couple of teenagers from
Sydney with a casual nine
million likes on Facebook?
Parents, lock up your
daughters. Ear plugs
required for the squealing,
not the music.
Perth Arena, Jun 29.
Uncover Freo’s historic west
end bars, as the Hidden
Treasures festival presents
live music showcases in
secret venues usually
reserved for members
only. We’ll be at each one
High Street, Fremantle,
This is a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to see revered
80s band and ARIA Hall
of Famers The Church
playing their acclaimed
album A Blurred Crusade
in full, and a second set of
Twenty years?! We know, right – feels like just yesterday
we were blasting Harpoon on triple j in the back of mum’s
’92 Commodore. Ahead of Jebediah’s highly anticipated
anniversary tour, we chat to bassist Vanessa ‘Ness’ Thornton.
Mt Mountain are performing at the
RTRfm Winter Music Festival.
Riley Pearce, one of the acts
appearing at Sunday Sounds
(photography Tanya Voltchanskaya).
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