Presented by Araluen Arts Centre and HIT Productions
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 included everything from Thug’s ground-breaking experimental punktonica, to the lilting, dark country of his recent material with the Dark Horses, the hard-edged and snarling pub rock of the Beasts Of Bourbon, through to the evocative soundscapes of The Cruel Sea. Their 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.
Now is Tex’s reuniting with Matt Walker for duo shows. The two have been set apart by border closures over the last 10 months, but the good news is they are on the road again. Their powerful live show features songs spanning Tex’s vast catalogue, as well as brand new material they have written together for a new album to be released in 2021.
“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. 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” – Stuart Coupe