Brisbane 11/4 - 13/4
Just got back from Brisbane with Idle Minds and Meter Men. I decided to keep a little journal of my time there as it always is such a great place to visit and were also the last shows of the tour. I’m no writer, these are just things I felt were worthwhile to me.
Finally in Brisbane. We got in to the city at around 7am and hung out, looking at shops, killing time. I always love coming here.
We are playing 199a Boundary Street tonight which apparently is the new DIY space down in West End that used to be a Hare Krishna joint. Good to see more spaces like that popping up. I’m sure the Hares have found a new building now.
Rick from Sick People put on the show and had a lot of trouble getting a lineup to stick. No ones fault, just one of those things. Everyone on the original bill had other commitments or difficulty making the show last minute.
First up were these 16 year old kids called Puke. They sounded like Infest and the singer was an awkward kid who shyly commented on my Negative FX shirt. He was a freak on stage and seemed really uninhibited, throwing up the devil horns in between songs and flamboyantly dancing after the harsh screams. It ruled. Meter Men was up next and we played okay. I had a few restrictions for some reason and couldn’t place them but loosened up by the time the third song was through. Kyal knocked over a few kids in hopes to rile them up a little. Ricks other band, Ripped Off played after. The singer was this hardcore version of David Lee Roth, leather pants, long blonde hair, the whole schtick. They were great. Finally it was time for Idle Minds to play. The crowd wasn’t large but the kids who made it out made it worthwhile with pile-ons and stage diving, it was a blast. Currently heading back to the hostel in Fortitude Valley to sleep. Another early one tomorrow.
It’s 8.30am and there’s no way I’m getting back to sleep, it’s about 45 degrees in this room and everyone slept through their alarm. I decided to pay my phone bill in the time I had waiting for everyone to get up. it’s time for some food.
We headed to the nearest train station to get into the city. We managed to scam the ticket guy with yesterday’s airport train ticket.
Tonight we’re playing the Underdog which is a 3 minute walk from the hostel. Dan and I were gonna buy crazy gloves to play with for a shit stir. I walked into The Den, a strange sex shop across the road to buy a leather glove, but they didn’t stock them. The clerk proceeded to show me his wide selection of cock rings and I was out of there. What a trip.
We dropped the gear off at the pub and hung out for a while. Matt Kennedy from Kitchens Floor put on the show but couldn’t make it until 9:30, coming straight from a Kitchens Floor show in Adelaide. He looked tired.
All the bands tonight were incredible. Ripped Off opened the show with their erratic Siege cover which blew me away. They had an 80s hardcore style tune which they didn’t play the night before. The song had 2 riffs that repeated for 7 minutes. I felt like my head was going to explode. It was great.
Second was Cured Pink, who I knew were a bigger band, much bigger than us with a few sold out records. I was slightly intimidated by the fact we were on last and I wasn’t sure what to expect since I’d never seen them live before, but man, was I impressed. The singer had this scary whispering vocal while he slammed on a drum machine and threw his guitar around while a trumpet player who put his instrument through all these pedals which sounded like anything but a trumpet for the most part, accompanied by a modest bass player which held the whole thing together. Brilliant.
Happy Times were up next, newer band made up of members from other well respected bands. These fellas were about 40 years old and definitely knew what they were doing. They sounded like a mix of Radio Birdman and Turbonegro. Right up my alley. I rushed up to them to buy a record after their set, which was stolen from me while Meter Men played, bummer. The bass player saw me searching for the lost record and walked up, handed me another and refused any money. It’s things like that which puts my faith back in the human race.
Meter Men and Idle Minds played one after the other. It’s rare to play two sets in a row and boy was I destroyed. We played exceptionally well and the energy was the highest it’s been all tour. Maybe everyone was just trying to hold on to the last show of this trip before facing reality again.
Going home today, we had another early flight so we had yet another early start, I’m gonna sleep like a baby tonight. Tyrrell stayed out drinking last night and today he dosent seem too flash, but even then he’s still the happiest, most energetic guy here.
Waiting for the plane to take off and I get to talking with this older guy who is sitting next to me. It’s a fella from The Go Set. I saw them play one time in a bowling alley when I was 16 but didn’t recognise him until he mentioned the band he was in, even then, not so much. Not my thing but they’re doing well. Spoke about the current music scene in Australia but he seems to be in another world. One that doesn’t understand self touring and doing it for yourself. Distant from reality.
Landing in Melbourne in about 15 minutes. Can’t wait to get to my bed. Back to work Tuesday, what a drag.