Grunge scale 4

KOI CHILD band members pause to think about their style on stage and off.

“Good question,” trombone player Samuel Newman muses.

Words such as “raw” and “urban” are tried on like a pair of skinny black jeans before bassist Yann Vissac steps in: “On a scale of one to 10—one being grunge, 10 being clean—we’d be a three or a four.”

They all agree the interview location—PS Art Space on Pakenham Street, Fremantle—is very much their kind of place.

We are meeting ahead of Koi Child’s performance at the Optical Motions show at the historic art gallery next month as part of Fremantle council’s Hidden Treasures festival.

Tom Kenny says the festival will be curtain-raiser for a national tour in September, and their Hidden Treasures set will be performed across Australia.

• Yann Vissac, Christian Ruggiero, Shannon Cruz Patterson, Samuel Newman and Tom Kenny from Fremantle seven-piece hip hop/afrobeat/funk/jazz band Koi Child. They will perform at PS Art Space on Pakenham Street as part of the Hidden Treasures festival next month. (Missing from the pic are fellow band members Jamie Canny and Blake Hart.) Photo by Matthew Dwyer

• Yann Vissac, Christian Ruggiero, Shannon Cruz Patterson, Samuel Newman and Tom Kenny from Fremantle seven-piece hip hop/afrobeat/funk/jazz band Koi Child. They will perform at PS Art Space on Pakenham Street as part of the Hidden Treasures festival next month. (Missing from the pic are fellow band members Jamie Canny and Blake Hart.) Photo by Matthew Dwyer

It will include new music as well as familiar sounds. The Herald got a taste by tuning into the song Slow One—an eclectic piece with a fusion of jazz, hip hop and funk.

No wonder the guys say their music enamours the ears of both young and old.

This month, the year-old band signed a deal with Pilerats Records, the local offshoot of Warner Music Australia.

Hidden Treasures, now in its fifth year, is a series of music shows at four venues across Fremantle every Thursday night in July. This year features 75 performers. Last year it was 42.

Koi Child will be joined by local talent Leon Osborn, Lower Spectrum and Fremantle Women’s Choir—which covers mostly 1950s and ‘60s songsters such as Smokey Robinson and Mary Well.

The other venues are The Navy Club, The Buffalo Club and The National Hotel. Artists include 90s indi rock legends The Rosemary Beads who reformed earlier this year, Natalie Gillespie, the James Baker Experience. All acts have a Freo connection.

Tickets are $15 per night and will give festival-goers access to all venues. For more information, visit fremantlestory.com.au/hiddentreasures

by EMMIE DOWLING

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