THE ROSEMARY BEADS | Australian 90s Indie Rock Band
© Rosemary Beads Reformation 2015 | Seminal 90s indie rock band | Perth Western Australia
“The Rosemary Beads are a legendary Perth band, formed in the thriving early ’90s alternative music scene, they released three EPs before breaking up in 1995 amidst the tragic death of drummer Cam Munachen from an overdose. 20 years on from their final release, I’ll Come When I’m Good And Ready, the Beads reformed for a special gig to honour the memory of Munachen and celebrate their legacy and the music they made. Original members Gretta Little and Tim Underwood were joined by Warren Hall on drums to take us on a little trip down memory lane. After all this time away, it was good to see a solid crowd pack out the Astor Lounge, with lots of familiar old faces.
THE ROSEMARY BEADS | Australian 90s Indie Rock Band
They kicked in with the fuzzy, reverb-soaked guitar of Poem Of God and followed it up with their infamous tune Worried About Fucking. It became immediately apparent they were going to keep the sound level cranked. There’s a lot to be said for a tight, three piece rock band that just turn up loud, rock out hard, and not just sound like noise – reaching a certain sonic resonance – something that is lost on a lot of today’s more twee indie bands. Underwood was unleashing some rockin’ guitar riffs, while Little kept it locked down tight with her rolling bass and distinct wailing, melancholic vocals. Hall was doing smashing work on the drums, the spirit of Munachen living on through his songs, which were faithfully recreated. The band was selling a compilation CD on the door of the 10 best tracks from their three EPs, a definite highlight was Wedding Song – the song builds and builds on a driving bassline and soaring vocals to an epic climax. After a great version of their classic, Breath, from their very first EP, they left the stage to much applause. The shouts went out for more and eventually Little re-emerged, taking the stage solo for a great cover of The Pixies’ Gigantic. She always was like our own Perth version of Kim Deal. Underwood came back to join her for one last little bluesy number. “That’s all we’ve got!” proclaimed Little, and they were gone. There were warm smiles and applause all round from folks reliving their youth with one of the seminal bands of the era. The songs still hold up and it was a solid, enjoyable set. A fitting reunion, though it would be great if there were more shows, so more people should catch a glimpse of a Beads’ concert – perhaps a spot at In The Pines?” ALFRED GORMAN, XPRESS REVIEW Feb 25, 2015
Gretta Little, Australian Bass Player | The Rosemary Beads Tim Underwood, Australian Guitarist | The Rosemary Beads
Everyone was here to see their old indie heroes; The Rosemary Beads strolled on stage and strapped on their guitars, looking across at each other onstage, with a wry smile, for the first time in 20 years.
Painted    by    Peter    Little    ( ),    the brief   was   the   night   sky,   with   the   constellation Cassiopeia   and   a   dead   tree.      What’s   that   all about?      The   stars   shine   in   the   sky   and   that’s beautiful   like   music.      But   the   songs   aren’t   all happy   and   la   la,   lots   of   them   are   like   the   dead tree.      You   can   write   a   song   about   something really    sad    or    difficult    and    that    song    can    be beautiful,   even   though   it   didn’t   feel   that   way   at the    time.        That’s    what’s    so    special    about music.      Cassiopeia   has   five   stars,   one   for   each of   the   people   who   had   a   hand   in   the   album   - the    three    of    us,    Cam    who    played    on    the original   versions   of   some   of   the   tracks,   and   our new   best   friend   Ken   Killerwatt   Watt   who   co- produced the album with us.