I hope you’re enjoying the queens b’day longweekend. Coinciding with this was two nights of the raw Australian punk, thrash, grindcore and heavy metal (and a touch of ska) over the weekend.
The event was called Decolonise II – diy punkfest held in the murky underground the inner west. Recently, I’ve been asking around to get some experience with sound and so I was helping a bit behind the desk, mostly just turning everything up to 11.Being involved with awesome bands like Thorax, Infinite Void, Kids on Glue and White Male Dumbinance(video) made me ask some questions about whether we have any right to call ourselves punk. The diy attitude, subversion and having fun while not taking yourself too seriously are things we have in common. At Midien there was a bunch of ‘scrn-prntng’ where you could print your favourite band name onto your hoodie. Also, there was a free stew going for the punks.
All of this along with not being out there to make money, not afraid to sing songs you love but think might challenge others and doing it for the love is what we have in common with this sound.
There is also a tradition in punk for activism and speaking out – bands like Dead Kennedys, Propaghandi and Black Flag don’t hold back. Neither do these great young Australian bands.
Decolonise II was the last gig for Do Not Resuscitate and Thylacine and they rocked the crowd. New bands like DOSS and Las Banditas are just firing up and definitely worth checking out. My fav band from last night was Steppin’ Razor (myspace).
And to promote us… coming up soon is this tour!!
Wednesday 6th July, Students of Sustainability conference. Charles Sturt University Albury NSW. Thursday 7th July, The Pheonix Pub, Canberra ACT. Friday 8th July, Jura Books Petersham NSW. Saturday 9th July, Dirty Shirlows NSW
Griffin will be in his best punk gear. Hope to see you there!