Mark Ferrie On Hold
It doesn’t rain, it pours with Models solo albums. Quickly following Ash’s Pulse Transit, Mark Ferrie’s first solo album in 20 years (!) was born during the 2017 Rockwiz Orchestra tour. Recorded in hotel rooms and on tour buses while on the road, the album was tracked entirely on Garageband on Mark’s iPad2. Read More
Our astonishing drummer, Ash Davies, is also a composer and songwriter, and has released a new album today.
Pulse Transit is a response from Ash to contemporary dance. It features a fixed pulse for the duration of the album, over which different time signatures push and pull, sometimes simultaneously. Read More
Australian 80s Pop
How can you curate 12 Inch Dance: Australian 80s Pop without including Models? You can’t.
That’s why Rhino & Warners have released a 3CD set with the Extended Mix I Hear Motion suitably surrounded by classics (and hard to find rarities) by Icehouse, Schnell Fenster, Dragon, The Dugites, Big Pig, Pseudo Echo, Eurogliders, Split Enz, Hunters and Collectors, Flowers, Jo Jo Zep, Flash & The Pan, Do Ré Mi, Real Life, The Venetians, Jenny Morris, Yothu Yindi, I’m Talking, Deckchairs Overboard, Kids In The Kitchen, our mates Machinations, and many many more. Read More
May Gigs Cancelled
Sorry everyone, to say we’re disappointed not to be playing Melbourne and Sydney this month, would be a huge understatement.
I’ve broken a finger and may be unable to play the guitar for a number of months (not a broken arm as has been reported on parts of the internet).
Behind the scenes our agents, Management, and the promoters had been working overtime with us to make these scheduled appearances memorable and special.
We’d almost finished recording a limited edition E.P., which would have been available at the shows and we were very much looking forward to entering a new phase with the band.
Once again, to all concerned, sorry for any inconvenience this causes.
Pierre Voltaire takes a jab at Establishment … and WINS!
Founding Models bass player Pierre Voltaire (Pierre Sutcliffe these days) is planning on buying a new coffee machine with his $503,000 windfall from Channel Seven’s Million Dollar Minute.
Congratulations Pierre, it looks like your news addiction paid off!
Now when asked what his greatest achievements are, apart from (in descending order of importance) helping name the band; playing in JAB, Teenage Radio Stars and Models; being immortalised on film in Dogs in Space (Hugo Race took on the daunting role); and running a sporting business; Pierre can now say “answering five questions in a row in my tenth attempt to win the biggest cash jackpot in Australian daytime TV game show history”.
Even though he walked away with just over half the total on offer, Pierre had no regrets – if he had continued playing on for that prize and lost he would have left with a paltry $75,000.
“F—, that would kill me,” he told The Age. “You pay off a few credit cards, buy a cup of coffee and it’s gone. That’s why I pulled the pin.”
So again, congratulations Pierre – first for your well deserved win and second for your choice interview quips.
And don’t forget to stock up on Models tea towels, shirts and CDs – they’re great stocking stuffers (with Christmas in July just around the corner)!
RIP Johnny Crash
Dear Models friends and fans,
Before I started working with Johnny Crash, I was already a big fan. When JAB moved across from Adelaide with their entourage all those years ago, they brought an impressive air of authenticity to the Melbourne punk scene.
Later with Models, when programming prototype electronic drums, or syncopating a groove, Johnny was the best going around. He also wrote some great songs for us, including Vanessa, Brave New World, and Uncontrollable Boy, his work with the Sacred Cowboys and The Slaughtermen was amazing too.
Will very much miss the occasional visit with Johnny, he was a very caring person and a loyal friend.
May he rest in peace.
Early recording Models Brave New World with Johnny Crash on drums (thanks to Mark Sydow)
Image of Johnny at the Ballroom in 78-79 via Gary Minato on Facebook