Tex Perkins & The Fat Rubber Band
Tex Perkins has played a key role in Australian music
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’s, 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 joining 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 (The Fat Rubber Band). 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 see them now while they still have to flesh out
the set with a few Cruel Sea covers!