The name Tex Perkins is renowned in the Australian music industry and internationally, having played a key role in seminal bands like the Beasts Of Bourbon and The Cruel Sea and many other notable acts.
It’s understandably difficult to pull together a coherent picture of a man whose career has taken in everything from the ground-breaking experimental punktonica of Sydney mid-80s noiseniks Thug to the lilting, dark country of his material with the Dark Horses.
European fans would be aware of the hard edged driving rock of the Beasts Of Bourbon’s, a snarling slice of filthy pub rock and also 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 & Charlie albums, which saw Perkins joining forces with Australia’s legendary Don Walker, Cold Chisel’s pianist and master songwriter, and uniting again with Charlie Owen (Beasts of Bourbon, The Dark Horses), previously Australia’s best kept musical secret.
Another of Perkins bands that toured Europe was The Ape, a rock act with a strong 70’s vibe and a sound reminiscent of a mix of Bon Scott's AC-DC with Sly and the Family Stone or James Brown. Hard, rough, funky and groovy, The Ape takes you back to the sound of The Beasts Of Bourbon "Little animal" era.
The next iteration from Tex Perkins is the exciting new and long overdue band with guitarist and songwriter, Matt Walker - The Fat Rubber Band. Tex and Matt, along with the new band released their critically acclaimed debut album in 2021, selling out three editions in Europe & Australia.
"As Perkins has now a really excellent Band at his side with his FAT RUBBER BAND, whilst in his earlier days he deconstructed such traditional music similar to Cave, this album is a huge "bow" to the origin of the Blues and has a great timeless quality showing hardly any signs of "wear & tear" Ox Fanzine, Germany