Geelong Siblings Return For First Hometown Show in 30 years

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Geelong Siblings Return For First Hometown Show in 30 years

Words by Staff Writer

The Bitter Vics are playing their first ever Geelong show at The Barwon Club on 14 June.

Former Geelong siblings musicians George Hatzigeorgou and Irene Hatzigeorgou return to Geelong to play first show in 30 years. Having grown up in the Geelong suburbs, the duo cut their teeth in many Geelong venues in the 1990’s.

Under the banner the Bitter Vics, the siblings have been carving out a rhythm for themselves, and are keen to make their way back to the region for a homecoming show. Playing at the rock ‘n’ roll institute, The Barwon Club Hotel on 14 June, The Bitter Vics are set to stamp their return.

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Marking the return to the region, the duo bring with them their debut 7″ called ‘Rock ‘O’ Shell’, a tune that tells of a time in Geelong’s as told by singer Irene, after witnessing a graphic and very public zenith of madness in the CBD of satellite town Geelong as a teenager.

The name ‘Rock ‘O’ Shell’ is a play on both the name of the inner-city lane where this tragic event occurred and the ever-present flame of the Shell refinery that shone as a sentinel torch and backdrop to the gritty streets that Bitter Vics siblings Irene and George called home.

Like most small cities around Australia, mental health issues, drugs and violence are an everyday reality. ‘Rock ‘O’ Shell’ reminds us that the effect of inadequate services to counter the challenges that the modern world places on the vulnerable has long reaching effects.

The tune is sure to capture the audience at their upcoming show. In support slots the Bitter Vics have local guests Willy Lopez and Hybernators along for the ride and are bringing Lunatic, a Melbourne-based band along for the celebration as well.

Tickets to the Bitter Vics homecoming show can be purchased here.