Whatever you think you know about punk rock, chuck it out the window and grin as you watch it smash to smithereens; Scalphunter are all about obliterating expectations and clichés. With a blistering live show and a unique ability to steal the hearts of fans of all musical persuasions, 2016 has seen them taking out the WAMi Award for Best Punk/Hardcore Act for the second year in a row. The first time this has happened since the heydays of Gyroscope in the mid ‘00s, it’s confirmed their status as WA’s most beloved punk act. They were also nominated in the debut National Live Music Awards in the Best Live Act category, alongside the likes of Methyl Ethel and Tired Lion, testament to their unbeatable passion for tearing it up live.
The band’s legion of new admirers grows every show, their sets highlight celebrations of music at key events like RTRFM’s In The Pines, HyperFest, WAMFest, Day In The Dust, Blood Rock Fest, Beaufort Street Festival, A Not So Silent Night, The Bakery’s last ever New Years Eve show and the National Live Music Awards party. The band came to the attention of many when they defied all odds by winning The Big Splash, the forceful foursome turning their first act slot into a seething circle pit of new friends.
Sharing a lust for hard, fast, ear shattering rock’n’roll, Scalphunter’s WAMi wins have also been beefed up with nominations for Rock Act Of The Year, plus their controversial YouTube-banned There Will Be Change also being up for the Most Popular Music Video award. They set history as the first punk rock band in RTRFM’s The View From Here video series, and had a number of their tracks released coming up trumps in best of year lists and polls, including Short.Fast.Loud and Wall Of Sound. Best Of Me hit the #1 spot on the triple j Unearthed Punk Chart, and a strong of belting singles the last two years have received high praise and community airplay across Australia.
A cyclone of high intensity punk and thrash influenced rock’n’roll, it’s their unique approach to sharing music that really makes them stand out. X-Press Magazine’s Editor Bob Gordon sums this up perfectly: “Led by the impressive stage presence of Steven Knoth, Scalphunter’s sound will tear your head off, but the band themselves would be the first to offer you a hand to help you off the floor.”
In other words, there’s a whole lotta love goin’ on at every single Scalphunter show, the band connecting to audiences in ways unable to be conveyed in a bio. Yep, it’s pretty much impossible not to grin stupidly as the band tears any show apart, including as supports for The Misfits, Totally Unicorn, The Exploited, Gay Paris, The Grenadiers, Clowns, Wolfpack, King Parrot, The Mark Of Cain, The Datsuns, High On Fire, Municipal Waste, The Subhumans, Dead City Ruins, Firearms, Black Cobra, Jucifer, Super Best Friends, Ganbaru and more, as well as numerous east coast tours, including a number of sold-out shows and packing out the likes of classics venues Cherry Bar, Public Bar and The Tote.
With three EPs and a 4-way split 7” to their name, Scalphunter are now taking their recordings to the next level, with the first tastes singles recorded at Electric City Studios with the award-winning Adam Round (POND, Voyager, The Floors, Timothy Nelson and The Infidels, The Growl and Tame Impala), as premiered on Tone Deaf, The Music and receiving airplay on triple j and beyond. Best Of Me was given Sound Selection status by RTRFM, premiered on triple j by Short.Fast.Loud, online by Pilerats and nominated for a WAM Song Of The Year award. Recent release Men With Square Eyes was premiered by Blunt, and hit triple j Unearthed’s Top 5 overall charts. Expect them to keep blasting towards a debut album, recorded and planned for release in 2017.