Wednesday, July 07, 2010


Notes (entirely unrelated to music) from last Saturday's local band competition at the Civic Hotel:

1. Even here, in decidedly unhip Perth, the hipster taste for beards has made itself known. Three of the five skinny young fellows on stage right now have beards. Only one of the five has a discernable amount of product in his hair. So you heard it here first – beards are the new product!

The Amish will be delighted to learn this. If they read this blog, which, let’s face it, they probably don’t. They’re more lolcat kinda people.

2. The hipster drive for self-promotion is also out in force. Everywhere I look, someone is texting, tweeting, photographing or updating their Facebook status. Even I’m blogging on my iPod, which would be uber-hipster if we’d somehow managed to time travel back to 2006.

3. It’s impossible to place too much value on charisma in your performers and performance. It turns the most straightforward tunes and adequate musicians into party starters.

4. There are only two types of people who attend local band competitions; friends and family of each band, and the members of each band. Apparently there isn't a single person who just said, "Hey, I think I'll go out and hear a bunch of strangers play some music tonight".

5. Is there anything sadder than a punk who is a) fat and b) over the age of thirty?


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