Change to muso peck­ing or­der

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - 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, which fo­cused on 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 ap­proached me to of­fer 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 two-hour gigs at 8pm and 10pm on Fri­day and Satur­day nights.

“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.

Visit www.the­hen­house.com. au/live.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d458901

Sit­ting pretty: Rob Nas­sif has opened a new space for up and com­ing mu­si­cians.

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