News from WAM

The wait is over for songwriters throughout Western Australia as 80 nominees in 16 categories are announced for the 2012 WAM Song of the Year. Song of the Year celebrates the best of Western Australia’s songwriting talent. Now in its 23rd year, this prestigious songwriting competition offers more than $30,000 worth of prizes.

The 2012 nominees, listed alphabetically in song title and category order, are:
 

Blues / Roots
Sponsored by Clancy's Fish Pub
Bitter Tears by John Read
Driller by Dilip n the Davs
Kimberley Moon by Matt Cal
My Baby Must Be Blind by Mister & Sundbird
Too Much Information by Mason Clarke aka Ego Libido


 
Country
Sponsored by Boyup Brook Country Music Club
Banged Up by Polly Medlen Band
I Won't Be Too Far Behind by Jonny Taylor
Love Songs by Wes Snowball
Shifting Sands by David Hyams
Take Me Home by The Ghost Hotel
Electronic/ Dance
Sponsored by SAE Institute
Blanket by James Bradbury [DeadCollection]
Incandescence by Ylem
Slew by Ylem
Swim (Winter Sleep Rework) by Lilt
We are Home Again by The Brow Horn Orchestra

 
Experimental
Sponsored by Qwartz Electronic Music Awards
Mollusc by TheIntensoBand
Polly (serialkillersundays) by Ku?ka
Rumination by Cycle~440
Tetraplegiah by Christopher de Groot
Zip Up Jacket Combination Lock by TheIntensoBand

 
Heavy
Sponsored by Lang Studios & Manticore Productions
Bury The King by Goat
Honorary Member of The First High Society by Castle Bravo
Never Sleep Again by Chainsaw Hookers
Sleazebag by Sleepfreak
Walk Away by The Sixth Extinction


 
Indigenous
Sponsored by Nannup Music Festival
Blue Stranger by Patrick Laurel [OZ Island]
Born on the River by Jarred Wall [Jake and the Cowboys]
Crash by Jarred Wall [Jake and the Cowboys]
Petrol Paint & Glue by Yabu Band
Some Boy by Louisa Edwards aka Baby Kool

 
Jazz
Sponsored by The Ellington Jazz Club
Fade Away by Rick Webster
Maelstrom by Abbey/Foster/Falle
Roessle by Tal Cohen Quartet
The Busker by Chris Foster [Chris Foster Trio]
There’s More Fish in the Sea by Tal Cohen Quartet


 
Love
Sponsored by WAM
Aimee by Rainy Day Women
Driftwood by Helen Shanahan
Falling Outta Love by Brian Mitra & Jake Webb [Sugarpuss]
I'll Tell The Water of You by Sam Carmody & Carmen Pepper [Warning Birds]
Priority Tree by Patient Little Sister

 
Mentally Healthy
Sponsored by the Mental Health Commission WA
Grey Days by Kris Kingwell
Milliner's Song by Claire Moodie
Talk About It by Slackjaw
That Makes You Feel Better by Dave Taylor and The Groove Unit
Petrol Paint & Glue by Yabu Band

 
Pop
Sponsored by City of South Perth
Connect Five by Sheryn Binks
Don’t You Forget by Jake and the Cowboys
Relationshipdenial by Bastians Happy Flight
Sing It by The Ghost Hotel
Sleigh Bed by Rainy Day Women


 
Regional
Sponsored by Hertz
Brighter Than You Feel by Jonny Taylor
Colour Me Real by Reverend And The Deathbed Conversions
Dreams by Jude Iddison
Heart of a Lion by Codie Sundstrom
Need A Little Love by David Taylor and The Groove Unit

 
Rock
Sponsored by APRA | AMCOS
7 by The Shallows
Charlatan by Harlequin League
Nothing Left To Prove by Patient Little Sister
Ordinary by Husband
Take Me Home by The Ghost Hotel


 
Schools - 14 Years & Under
Sponsored by AMEB
Fly by Sophie Costello
Inside and Out by Lucinda Nicholls
Please by Zoe Roberts
Sinking Ships by Brittany Freeman
We Shall Not Fall by Splinta


 
Schools - 15 to 17 Years
Sponsored by City of Wanneroo
Apple & The Worm by Brayden Sibbald
Bumpy Ride by Jennifer Renee Hannam
I Think I've Got You by Morgan Bain
Megalomaniac by Codie Sundstrom
Somebody Else by Julia Nicholls

 
Urban / Hip Hop
Sponsored by Headspace
Affirm Your Masculinity by Andrew Horabin
High Life by Slackjaw
Jobbed by FG featuring Wisdom2th
The Ego-dystonic Blues by FG
Worldstop by FG
 
World / Folk
Sponsored by Fairbridge Festival
Afro Sega by Grace Barbé Afro-Kreol
Isfahan by Daramad
Jump by Spoonful of Sugar
Mother's Petunias by Brayden Sibbald
Old Brown Piano by Rachel & Henry Climb a Hill

Winners will be announced at the Awards Night at the Fly By Night Musicians’ Club on Thursday 11 October at 7.30pm. Hosted by 96FM’s Darren de Mello and with the presence of Kav Temperley (Eskimo Joe – APRA Ambassador), the evening will feature live performances by 2011 Song of the Year Grand Prize winner Timothy Nelson & The Infidels, as well as Yabu Band, Ku?ka and Boom! Bap! Pow!

The Grand Prize winner walks away with $2,000 cash; three days recording at Albert Studios in Sydney engineered by Wayne Connolly; a mentoring session from Alberts Creative Services team; the opportunity of an album distribution deal to China courtesy of 88tc88; a mastering session with James Hewgill Music; 500 CDs pressed by DiskBank; an opportunity for a publishing deal with Perfect Pitch Publishing; a Berkleemusic online music course; and a RØDE Microphones package. They also have an opportunity to perform at the AGWA Nights finale in November and at the 2013 WAMi Festival, and to have their song included on the 2013 Kiss My WAMi compilation.

The Mental Health Commission of WA is the competition presentation partner and Mentally Healthy category sponsor. This category allows songwriters to share songs dealing with positive messages relating to mental health. The message for WAM Song of the Year 2012 is “Music talks about mental health, so can you.” Support also comes from WAM’s major partners APRA | AMCOS and Headspace.

Presale tickets to the Awards are $23.50 inc BF from www.flybynight.org or phone* 9430 5976 (*Transaction fees apply) during office hours. Doorsales $28.50 if available.