Tex Perkins wrote in a statement:
“40 years ago, I was a skinny 18 year old kid living in Darlinghurst in Sydney having the time of his life - playing gigs, taking and drinking everything within arm’s reach! Constantly meeting and bonding with people in other bands who would turn out to be lifelong friends. When my band up and left me in the dead of night by the side of the road with a month long residency, it was those friends that were there to help me pick things up and start again."
“Spencer Jones and Boris Sujdovic were there when we decided to call it the Beasts of Bourbon. James Baker, who would occasionally feed me, soon found his way to his rightful place at the drum kit. Kim Salmon, friend and mentor, and singer of my favourite band in the world (The Scientists) completed the early ‘classic line-up’. It was a free for all, fuck it, let it fly kind of thing!"
“A few months later we spent 6 hours in a studio and recorded our first album The Axeman’s Jazz. As I said this all happened 40 years ago this year, so we felt obliged to acknowledge and celebrate this marker in time. Obviously, our fallen comrade Spencer Jones will not be with us, but long time Beast Charlie Owen will help us chase that feeling one more time."
“We hope y’all can join us for some dirty ol time rock n roll played by sweet hearted old punks from the swamps of Surry Hills.”
Hard Work Drivin' Man
Hard For You
Watch Your Step
I Need Somebody (Iggy And The Stooges, dedicated to Ron Peno)
Sex Beat (The Gun Club, dedicated to Jeffrey Lee Pierce)
Strychnine (The Sonics)
I'm Eighteen (Alice Cooper)
Dead Flowers (The Rolling Stones)
Graveyard Train (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Drunk On A Train (The Painkillers, dedicated to James Baker)
Drop Out (The Scientists)
I'm So Happy I Could Cry
Execution Day (dedicated to Spencer P Jones)
Be My Lover (Alice Cooper)
Psycho (Leon Payne)
Ten Wheels For Jesus
Supported by the all chick Link Wray tribute band, The Wraylettes.
Photography by CarbieWarbie