© Rosemary Beads Reformation 2015 | Seminal 90s indie rock band | Perth Western Australia
Perth cranks out its fair shair of rockin’ bands, but take your ears back a couple of decades to the early 90s when the Rosemary Beads had an impact on the local and national music scene for a couple of years. With their feisty rock sound mixed with the wraithlike sounds of vocalist Gretta Little, the Rosemary Beads were creating an impressive presence. On the craggy edge of national acclaim, Gretta downed her bass and split the scene for a different adventure, Cam joined Jimmi for an ethereal jam, and Tim was left on the needle’s edge with a trunkful of songs. Twenty years on Gretta has picked up the bass and rejoined Tim, and they have lashed in drummer Warren Hall to reform one of Perth’s most seminal 90s bands. Check out the OLD STUFF then wrap your ears around the new lineup. Twenty years on, the Rosemary Beads crank out a great sound that sits well in  contemporary Oz rock 
“Tim Underwood paces the stage like an expectant father after three too many espressos. One guitar, a digital delay unit and a whole hour and a half until closing time. All right. Two thirds of the band still on the bus and already the electricity in the air could power Mandurah for a fortnight. Drama is the a major element of a Rosemary Beads gig and the launch for their new EP, I’ll Come When I’m Good and Ready, would have had Larry Olivier trashing the script and improvising. It was the Beads at their most dynamic, intense and spectacular, not to mention their most rehearsed. No one who witnessed it could doubt their standing as one of the most exciting new bands in the country.  After Underwood had dealt with his Naked Friend, Gretta Little and Cam Munachen took the stage and Poison took off. Like a space shuttle, you only get one shot at launching a CD so you might as well make it a big production number. Sound-wise the gig was immaculate. Two tracks from the new EP followed to remind us why we were there, but the Beads drew from all three releases and more. A gothic thread runs deep through most of their material, though the trio’s range of moods continues to expand, not least because of their steady improvement as musicians. Underwood’s ability to flesh out the three-piece sound with his bag of technical tricks is impressive, Munachen’s drumming is more torso than backbone (Torture and Jealousy was a chiropractor’s nightmare) and Little carries several of the stronger songs with her pulsing, melodic bass lines. Even after a year of consistent improvement, The Rosemary Beads far exceeded expectations.” Michael Dwyer,  XPress Magazine reviewer (CD Launch at The Orient November 19, 1994) ** Clarification of the above needed: not sure if Michael was with XPress or the The West. Any punters out there that can clear this up please email details so the attribution liner can be corrected. Cheers.
Check out what we found sorting through the Rosemary Beads archives. Some reviews, some pics, and you can check out more of the Beads sound HERE  
“About 300 people at the Grosvenor front room paid homage to The Rosemary Beads as they launched their latest CD EP, Breath. The punters were not let down by the three piece in pursuit of feisty pop. The Beads showed more aggression and energy (complemented by Tim Underwood’s pre-gig Allegianace T-shirt) and injected a new found confidence and fire into the music, which sent them up a notch in professionalism, stage manner and their ability to produce a solid sound. The band played a tougher brand of pop. Underwood hacked away at his big semi-acoustic: Gretta Little picked hard at the bass in search of more volume and punch and Cam Munachen gave the drums a spanking. The Rosemary Beads had an attentive crowd dancing fiercely throughout the performance and satisfied the hungry with the requested encore, rounding off their most solid gig to date. Little’s vocal performance showed great improvement in power and consistency and tended to outshine Underwood’s vocals, although his input was essential as it maintained variety in the set. “The Rosemary Beads can sleep soundly at night knowing they were responsible for a successful launch, creating new fans and boasting their chances of longevity and increased popularity.” Paul Sloan, REVUE The West Australian Thursday April 14, 1994
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