YOUNG BANDS GIVEN CHANCE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE - Tanya MacNaughton

GYROSCOPE drum­mer Rob Nas­sif knows only too well the hard work and pure de­ter­mi­na­tion be­hind a band’s suc­cess.

He started help­ing Perth’s mu­si­cian com­mu­nity in 2010 when he bought RNR Re­hearsal Rooms in Os­borne Park, re­nam­ing it The Hen House Re­hearsal Stu­dios af­ter the neigh­bour­ing chicken fac­tory, and has fur­thered this with in­ti­mate live mu­sic space The Hen House Live, which opened on Satur­day night.

“Gyroscope had re­hearsed at RNR from 1999,” Nas­sif said.

“We had a per­ma­nent room and wrote all our al­bums there; it was a real dive and ev­ery­one passed it off as just be­ing rock ’n’ roll, but it’s not rock ’n’ roll to not have toi­let pa­per in the bath­room.”

Just like he saw po­ten­tial in the re­hearsal stu­dio space, which was turned into a cre­ative haven for lo­cal mu­si­cians, Nas­sif has now fol­lowed his am­bi­tion of open­ing a 100-ca­pac­ity rock ’n’ roll bar to sup­port fledg­ling bands.

The Hen House Live is at 1/3 Aberdeen Street, Perth, in the for­mer en­trance to Devilles Pad, which is now Bad­lands Bar, owned by Mark Par­tridge.

“I’d been or­gan­is­ing shows at var­i­ous venues called Hen House Fresh Jams for bands who have played 10 shows or less, be­cause most book­ing agents in Perth don’t want to deal with those bands,” Nas­sif said.

“Mark knew what I’d been do­ing and of­fered the space; I thought it was per­fect as soon as I saw it.

“So if you’re a band want­ing to play a show, you don’t need to re­hearse at the re­hearsal stu­dio; all you have to do is reg­is­ter on our web­site and I’ll give you a show.”

The Hen House Live has two twohour gigs at 8pm and 10pm on Fri­day and Satur­day nights. En­try is $10 at the door, which then in­cludes free en­try to Bad­lands Bar af­ter­wards.

Open­ing night in­cluded pop punk bands Lions and Lambs and Small Town He­roes, fol­lowed by rock acts Old Devil and Graphic Char­ac­ters.

“All the bands get paid but it’s not about try­ing to make lots of money, it’s about mak­ing a cool, lit­tle space un­like any other live mu­sic venue in Perth,” Nas­sif said.

“A lot of bands re­hearse for six months to a year be­fore their first show and then they strug­gle to know how to book it or who to speak to.

“We were lucky in the late 1990s/2000s to have a cou­ple rooms like this but there’s a whole gen­er­a­tion of bands who haven’t played in this kind of venue. I think mu­si­cians and mu­sic fans in Perth will re­ally dig it.”

Visit www.the­hen­house.com.au/ live to reg­is­ter or see the line-up.

Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie

The Hen House Re­hearsal Stu­dios owner and drum­mer for Gyroscope Rob Nas­sif.

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