An iconic Geelong pub has been resurrected under the leadership of local custodians Kym Robertson and Don Little. Previously trading as The Bended Elbow and then The Yarra Hotel, Bended sits at 69 Yarra Street and owes its name to that of the prior establishment. Although maintaining they aren’t associated with the Bended Elbow brand, Kym says “we’ve called it Bended to emulate the great things that Bended Elbow was famous for”.
Don’t take your Snuggie out of mothballs quite yet – and as James Brown would put it, “Get up offa that thing!” – because the Ballarat LoungeRoom is transforming winter in Ballarat into some place warm and wonderful! The cold weather cousin of the popular summertime Ballarat Backyard Tasters has found cosy digs through June at M.A.D.E. (Museum of Australian Democracy @ Eureka) and is bringing musical experiences from the world over to the dance floor for the season.
While Green Day are off saving the planet or doing whatever it is they do these days, American Idiot, Australia’s number one Green Day tribute band, will be dropping by Bendigo this weekend. Based out of Melbourne, American Idiot is a high energy outfit dedicated to doing justice to the punk rock heavyweights. They dress in character and perform in character, playing songs from Green Day’s entire back catalogue.
You have big shows and then you have BIG shows. Even that is selling this one short. Early in the year Southern California’s hardcore heroes the Adolescents announced a wee number of Australian shows. Now Geelong has been added. I know, awesome news, right?! Cancel your wedding if you have to. Formed in 1980, the band is widely regarded as one of the leading bands of the 1980s hardcore scene. Their career has been stuttered, but their music has never faltered.
“I get people saying to me all the time I don’t like going out to see bands because there’s too many shit bands out there,” he says. “I don’t book shit bands full stop … that sounds arrogant, but the people I book they’re original, they’re creative, they have an obscene amount of quality control. They’re career-minded musicians,” he adds.
“Music is everything at this point,” John says. “It’s my job. I teach music, and I love that, and every other hour I’m writing music, recording music, playing music, rehearsing music, doing publicity for music: it pretty much consumes my life at the moment. On weekends I usually spend most of the time inside a dark room either mucking around with recordings or rehearsing. It’s definitely a driving force in everything I do.”