PERTH PUNK/POWER POPPER BENNY J. WARD – OF RINEHEARTS FAME – PREMIERES SIXTH SOLO SINGLE “FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR”

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perth punk/power popper benny j. ward - of rinehearts fame - premieres sixth solo single "flight of the navigator"

PERTH PUNK/POWER POPPER BENNY J. WARD – OF RINEHEARTS FAME – PREMIERES SIXTH SOLO SINGLE “FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR”

RELEASE OF FOLLOWS RINEHEARTS’ ACCLAIMED ALBUM FULL BLOOM AND THEIR ADDITION TO PERTH HOODOO GURUS’ STONEAGE ROMEOS SHOW

EAST COAST BENNY J SHOWS, WITH PUNK/POP ALL-STAR BACKING BAND, SOON TO BE ANNOUNCED!

Following the internationally acclaimed release of Full Bloom, the second album by his power pop outfit Rinehearts, Benny J Ward has released his latest solo single “Flight of the Navigator”.

The release of the single – Benny’s sixth solo single – comes days after the announcement that Rinehearts would be supporting the Hoodoo Gurus on the Perth leg of their Stoneage Romeos 40th Anniversary tour. Benny and the boys seem to now be the Gurus’ go-to group for Perth, having also opened for them on their Chariot of the Gods tour.

Benny says – “I’m really proud of “Flight of the Navigator” and I hope folks enjoy it. It’s about someone close to me who struggles getting things done and the beauty I actually see in that. You can be the captain of your own space ship, and there’s not a damn thing anyone can do about it. Sooner we learn that the better. Long live procrastination…

Benny has plans also to bring his solo material to the East Coast, as is currently assembly and all-star punk/power pop supergroup to back him. Stay tuned for futher info.

BUY “FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR” HERE!
https://cheersquadrecordstapes.bandcamp.com/track/flight-of-the-navigator

PRAISE FOR BENNY J WARD & THE RINEHEARTS

“While Ward’s outstanding Perth-based band Rinehearts worked on Full Bloom, with power pop legend Dom Mariani (The Stems, DM3), Ward built a home studio and started cranking out some equally incredible solo material. The result is a run of five stellar garage pop singles — “Up and Down,” “Tell Me Tell Me,” “Televisions!”, “I Didn’t Mean It” (and now) “Scratch That Itch”. “Scratch That Itch” really brings to mind the best of Alex Chilton and Guided by Voices.”
– Remember The Lightning

“After the Rinehearts debut Can’t Do Nothing album, everyone was pining for a renaissance of the 70s-inflected jangly power-pop sound. They are finally back after four years to remind us what we are in danger of forgetting with this wonderful Full Bloom follow-up. Thankfully, the aesthetic has not changed, and neither would you want any real deviation from the two primary nuances. Essentially, the primary drive of the album is still the jangly riffs, delicious harmonies and power-pop melodies of the 1970s… With no filler whatsover this is a release that should reside in every power-pop fans collection. ”
– Janglepophub

“The shimmering, jangling guitars and harmonies of Perth band Rinehearts seemingly captures the brilliant bright Western Australian sunshine in their sound, and temper it with just a shake of yearning and melancholia… there is a genetic link to the sixties via the psychedelic touches of fellow Western Australian luminaries of the paisley underground (Scientists, The Stems, Hoodoo Gurus). 8.6/10 ”
– Backseat Mafia

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With a career that spans 20 years, half a dozen bands, a dozen albums, EPs, and singles; it would be safe to assume that Benny J Ward has scratched all his musical itches. Safe… but wrong. While his masterful power pop band Rinehearts were working in the studio with producer Dom Mariani on their recent album Full Bloom, Benny J took time to hunker down in the studio he built with his bare hands and produce a string of solo gems under his own name.

As with almost all of Benny J’s work, these solo tracks, which are being released as a run of digital solo singles, each has at its core of a super-catchy pop song, but with layers of delicious weirdness on top. Melodic hooks come thick and fast, drenched in peculiar harmonies, tantalising guitar fuzz, and laid-back grooves. The end result is an irresistible swirling racket that finds its place in Benny J’s discography somewhere between the power pop mastery of Rinehearts, and the balls-out rock’n’roll of Screwtop Detonators.

This is not the first time Benny J has gone solo. Back in the early 2000s he caught the attention of Triple J with his Ginger-Pride-themed country-music alter-ego The Lone Ranga (subject matter that would later resurface in 5-piece alternative outfit The Red Panthers). These singles are, however, the first time Benny J has played every instrument on a track – from his native guitar to the bass and drums – as well as recording and mixing the tune himself.

A man of many talents (and voices) Benny J will continue his eye-watering level of prolificacy well into the foreseeable future, all while producing other incredible Perth bands such as Zerodent, Brackets and Desert Dogs as a side-hustle.

RINEHEARTS’ album FULL BLOOM is available for order now:
https://cheersquadrecordstapes.bandcamp.com/album/full-bloom

 

Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

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