Blog author Dario Western with The Veronicas (December 2007)
My name is Dario Western, and I am a Brisbane musician, artist, and songwriter. I set this blog up dedicated to one significant and growing part of my record and music collection: Brisbane bands and artists.
When you ask your average person on the street which bands from Brisbane come to mind, they will usually say Savage Garden or the Bee Gees, or The Veronicas. If they're in Australia they will also mention Powderfinger, Custard, The Saints and The Go-Betweens. If they are a local Brisbane band they will probably tell you band names that will make you go glary eyed and ask "Who the heck are/were they??" In 2007, Brisbane writer Andrew Stafford released the authoritative book "Pig City: From The Saints To Savage Garden" in which he had done exhaustive coverage of the bands that made the music in this city so great.
Well, this is kinda what this blog is about. Though it is also dedicated to grass roots Brisbane acts, some of whom made it commercially, and others who put out only a few records then vanished without trace and consequently had them ending up in pawnshops or car boot sales amongst bric-a-brac. I affectionately refer to them as "Cinderella" music - it's rare but nobody took much notice of it.
So if you want to know more about acts like Silver Studs, Railroad Gin, Wickety Wak, The Leftovers, Burke & Wills, Moscos & Stone, The Mystery Of Sixes, Lavish, Dream Poppies, Animal Boy, GinGer, The Onyas, Pretty Violet Stain, d-Wizz, Squelch, Hot Liquid Sex, Crush 76, Tulipan, Ducks In Formation, That's All and more, then this site is definitely for you.
What you will find on here: Reviews and downloads of hard-to-find and obscure artists whose work is no longer commercially available, artists who have broken the international market, and would-bes.
What you WON'T find on here: Non-Brisbane bands who are from surrounding areas like Gold Coast, Toowoomba, or the Sunshine Coast, bootleg albums, and anything that the bands mentioned have never approved for the public to hear.