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Birdsville / The Dark Clouds / Beggar Man Thief / Ultra Vires

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FRIDAY 23rd JUNE 2023 - 6pm


Birdsville are back with Rock, Rot and Thirroul; another slice of brutal alt-punk that feels simultaneously hypnotic and hard-hitting.

The Dark Clouds: 
Guitar rock band from the relatively nondescript Australian city of Wollongong. The “nondescript” tag is meant in the nicest possible way. The ‘Gong used to be a rough and ready, blue-collar, rock and roll town. (I know, I used to hang out there.) Now the heavy industry is mostly gone and it’s being gentrified. A few rough edges remain, but its status as a fertile rock and roll breeding ground is being steadily chipped away. The short geography lesson is important because it goes to the heart of why bands like The Dark Clouds are important. No matter how much blandness and homogenisation is foisted on us, how many live music venues are shut or emasculated or how many mind-numbing reality TV talent shows are injected into our lives, we need to hang onto the remnants of things that matter. The Dark Clouds will remind you that rock and roll is one of them. The Dark Clouds play hard rock anthems in work boots. They’re hippies at heart with lyrical call-outs to environmentalism and social justice, and their weapons are stringed and amplified.” The Barman
Having recently supported Radio Birdman and previously other heavy hitters such as TumbleweedBuffalo Revisited & The New Christ, The Dark Clouds are a bunch of mature-aged rockers from Wollongong N.S.W that describe their sound as; Proto Punk.

Beggar Man Thief:
Started as a reunion between school friends John, Josh and Paddy, and quickly evolved to a dedicated alternative band with the addition of Tom. Their sound is influenced by the bleakness of the nineties alternative scene, and the aggression of the post-punk revival of the early 2000’s.

Ultra Vires:
God save them cause no one really cares for the next big thing ‘Way better than toking from the glass barbie at sunrise’ - Rolling Clone Magazine

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