Seattle was crowned home to the coolest bands back in the nineteen nineties when Nirvana ruled the grunge roost. Since then Pearl Jam have continued that dominant tradition, along with Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and the Screaming Trees. The north-western American coastal city is a Mecca for independent popular music, attracting bands and producers from across the continent. Perth, Western Australia, is known as one of the most isolated cities in the western world. Stuck on the southern end of a state which is geographically half of the giant island continent of Australia. Some say it is this isolation which has contributed to the abundance of original musical talent emerging from Perth.
Bands like INXS, John Butler Trio, Birds of Tokyo, Tame Impala, Jebediah, Baby Animals, Baby Animals, The Scientists, Cinema Prague have rocked the turntables and IPods of several generations of young music lovers locally and around the globe. There is not much to do at night in Perth, so I imagine these band members have hung together and spent time crafting their unique and pungent sounds. The west coast of Australia is no nursey for easy listening bands, as it is in the United States. The only Eagles you will find here are a talented AFL football team; who some say lack a Hawkish intensity.
Seattle Vs Perth: Who Has the Coolest Bands and Nightlife?
The Perth sound is most often represented by a stinging cacophony of rhythmic beats and loud vocals. Michael Hutchence may have been short of stature but he could belt out a song with fierce intensity. Same goes for Suze DeMarchi and her Baby Animals. The Scientists were Perth’s first proto-punk band who strode the world stage and influenced guitar playing everywhere. Perth after midnight may lack the sleaze of bigger cities like Sydney and Melbourne but musically it has outperformed them of late.
Perth by night is no satyricon of sin but it can boast bands to match Seattle. John Butler an American by birth spent his formative years in Western Australia; firstly, in Pinjarra and then in Perth. The multi-layered steel string rhythm and percussive sound grabbed the attention of all those who heard it from the very beginning. There was something dirty and backwoods about his music; both American and Australian. Great artists are sometimes born out of isolation, developing their uniqueness away from what everyone else is doing. In some ways both Perth and Seattle have this in common; or they used to anyway.