A world-weary growl: 'There is only one Tex Perkins'

frontman: Tex Perkins has the swagger and indomitable attitude that comes from years of fronting some of Australia's most spirited bands. Picture: Benjamin Frazer
frontman: Tex Perkins has the swagger and indomitable attitude that comes from years of fronting some of Australia's most spirited bands. Picture: Benjamin Frazer

After putting up the full house sign on their May 31 gig at the Brass Monkey, Tex Perkins and Matt Walker have slated a second show for the same venue on Sunday, June 2.

Beasts of Bourbon and Cruel Sea frontman Perkins has played a key role in the evolution Australian music.

His 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, 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 and 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) collaboration with Matt Walker (a great artist in his own right) for the two Cronulla shows.

Tex Perkins: Picture: Benjamin Frazer

Tex Perkins: Picture: Benjamin Frazer

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 set list but see them now while they still have to flesh out the set with a few Cruel Sea covers!

"Tex has the swagger, presence and indomitable attitude that comes from years of fronting some of Australia's most intense and spirited rock 'n' roll bands,'' says music writer Stuart Coupe.

''His take-no-prisoners approach to performance comes with the sensibility of an artist committed to the subtle (and often unsubtle) nuances of his craft.

"Throw in an astonishing voice full of power and depth, mix it with a dry and sardonic sense of humour and what emerges is the reason there is only one Tex Perkins".

Tex Perkins and Matt Walker play the Brass Monkey, Cronulla, on Sunday, June 2.