#1
in canberra there are 2 or 3 punk bands that i know of. the only other stuff that isn't whiny pop-rock is metalcore and ska. they are both good, but we have hardly any punk.

we have an organisation, punkACT, that claims to be "dedicated to the canberra punk scene." the majority of the bands they promote are the aforementioned ****ty pop-rock and good-but-not-punk metalcore, and a lot of the ones that aren't are interstate. a lot of the ones that are come from interstate too.
so i have been speaking out and saying that punkACT is ****E.

anyway, here are some of the good punk / ska bands:
johno and the trannies (skate punk)
epic flagon (in the veins of frenzal rhomb, pennywise, etc)
the dislexics (spelt different but i don't know how, and i haven't heard them)
super best friends (progressive, reminds me of nirvana)

los capitanes (on myspace as xlos capitanesx or something like that. ska-punk)
jafuska
dahahoo (reggae / funk)
presidential salami (edit: they didn't break up, thats just what everyone was telling me)

most of the actual punk shows are 18+, and as a result the only act punk group i have seen live is super best friends. my first punk show is going to be at a bar (the requirement being 'in the company of a responsible adult') and the bands are:
the unseen
epic flagon
super best friends
johno and the trannies

(by the way, all of the aforementioned bands have myspaces, except super best friends. they are at www.superbestfriends.com.au )

so i'm finally getting to the point. i was going to start a punk group with my cousin, but he is a fascist (not a nazi) and i'm anarcho-socialist, so we are kind of opposite. after that i kind of slacked off as far as punk goes.

so i have decided this. so i'm forced to not slack off, i'm going to document, just for UG, my plans.
they are: start a punk group (if we're ska thats fine, but need a BIG punk influence), to release our own records, and to get more punk groups coming to play ALL AGES SHOWS in canberra.

and we're not going to have people from my school in the group / having knowledge of the group because a) their definition of punk is GREEN DAY and b) they suck.

right now i'm at the stage where i look around for band members, so its still very early in the game. i have a few ideas of how its going to turn out but i'm still open to new ideas.

i'm saving my money (and considering getting a job ) so i can buy some recoding gear, a spare guitar, and a decent amp.

so now i'm going off to send a message to a club owner i know, asking if he can post a bulletin saying BAND MEMBERS WANTED.

wish me luck.
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Last edited by pistols at Sep 2, 2006,
#2
Create the scene.

Start a band.

Hell, start two bands.

Advertise advertise advertise!

Spread the ****ing word.

The more you do this, the more will follow.

Create the scene you must and soon a strong young jedi you will become.
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#3
Thats the idea.

i'll have to start finding out about all the ska shows and going to see if anyone there has the same sort of idea.
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that is what girls find attractive.
#4
Find a good all-ages venue. I don't know how prevalent basements are in Australia but if you can find a good basement in a low-rent area of town you can do wonders with it.
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#5
Haha, pistols dude... Every town in Australia has a close to non-existant punk scene not just Canberra. Good luck with your band.
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there was once this girl
in my school
and she was like
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and i was all
omgelitist
'fawkofffffffffff'
and punched her in the face.
cause i can do that
cause I know more about punk rock and stuff
#6
From what I've been told on an Australian skinhead board, unless you're in a major city, there's not enough people in the smaller towns to have a big scene. So be happy with what ya got. oh yeah, my scene here ROCKS
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#8
Since there are probably plenty of people in your town who play instruments, but don't wanna play punk music, a tactic that I used to get band members is this:

Write the songs, find a cheap studio and/or rehearsal space, and get a job and save up some money.
Place an ad in the classifieds of your local paper or in any music zines in your area, talk to people in music stores, put up flyers in record stores, clubs, etc. saying that you will pay someone to play on your demo.
Mention that you don't care about their age, color, or anything, you just wanna get your demo made and they will make $$$ for playing on it.

(This really works and I would be recording with the band members that I've assembled, if I wasn't working every f*cking weekend.)

You should get many responses and since you're paying for it, you can tell them what to play.
If you get really lucky, one or two of the people you pay to play on the demo, will want to continue on with the band.

Once you get the stuff recorded, put it online and that should make it easier to get shows, band members, a following and a record deal with Citadel.

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#9
Thinking about this again, I think you should work with the kids in your school. If they like Green Day, show them the first Green Day demos and Pinhead Gunpowder and then like Crimpshrine and stuff and you can move into more interesting and more DIY things from there (allthough Crimpshrine is pretty interesting and DIY), don't just give up hope on those kids. If they express an interest in punk, test out the waters and see who has a genuine interest and who just is doing it for the fashionable aspects of it. If you choose to ignore your resources then you shut out alot of potentially good people.
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#10
^i was thinking of showing them some buzzcocks, but if people from school were involved then a lot of people would be going to our shows, pretending to be our biggest fans and all that just because their buddies are doing it. and none of them have either an ear for music or any instrumental talent. trust me, i've tried.
and theres a great all-ages venue that i've been going to for a while, and me and a couple of friends want to start a regular backyard-gig schedule.

but last night when i went to see a gig, i got an offer. A couple of my mates who are in a local metalcore band want to to start a classic hardcore group. one of them knows how much i'm into politics, and agrees with everything i say as far as politics go. and its actually agreeing, not just pretending to.
anyway, once i got there he said 'do you want to play bass, guitar, or sing in a classic hardcore group?' i said hell yeah, and he says 'preferably singing. i know you haven't done it before, but you've got the anger and the writing skills, especially if its political.'

this is going to be happening sometime next year, because the band they're in now is gigging fairly often, making a name opening for local 'heavyweights' and inerstate groups like i killed the prom queen. they also got offered free recording after something like their 5th gig by the singer from alchemist.

so i have a couple of options. i can get my band going, and then next year figure out what to do. or i could start a DIY label (probably only for demos) which will use tape trading as distribution, set up house gigs, set up all ages gigs, and wait until next year when we get the other group started.

my biggest problem is that although i'd be gigging with the -core groups (in a punk band) i'd have to spend the majority of my time in the ska-punk scene. all of my mates are in the metalcore scene, and it seems to be kind of one or the other. plus the ska shows ae usually harder to get to / 18+
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that is what girls find attractive.
#11
Quote by pistols
in canberra there are 2 or 3 punk bands that i know of. the only other stuff that isn't whiny pop-rock is metalcore and ska. they are both good, but we have hardly any punk.

we have an organisation, punkACT, that claims to be "dedicated to the canberra punk scene." the majority of the bands they promote are the aforementioned ****ty pop-rock and good-but-not-punk metalcore, and a lot of the ones that aren't are interstate. a lot of the ones that are come from interstate too.
so i have been speaking out and saying that punkACT is ****E.

anyway, here are some of the good punk / ska bands:
johno and the trannies (skate punk)
epic flagon (in the veins of frenzal rhomb, pennywise, etc)
the dislexics (spelt different but i don't know how, and i haven't heard them)
super best friends (progressive, reminds me of nirvana)

los capitanes (on myspace as xlos capitanesx or something like that. ska-punk)
jafuska
dahahoo (reggae / funk)
presidential salami (edit: they didn't break up, thats just what everyone was telling me)

most of the actual punk shows are 18+, and as a result the only act punk group i have seen live is super best friends. my first punk show is going to be at a bar (the requirement being 'in the company of a responsible adult') and the bands are:
the unseen
epic flagon
super best friends
johno and the trannies

(by the way, all of the aforementioned bands have myspaces, except super best friends. they are at www.superbestfriends.com.au )

so i'm finally getting to the point. i was going to start a punk group with my cousin, but he is a fascist (not a nazi) and i'm anarcho-socialist, so we are kind of opposite. after that i kind of slacked off as far as punk goes.

so i have decided this. so i'm forced to not slack off, i'm going to document, just for UG, my plans.
they are: start a punk group (if we're ska thats fine, but need a BIG punk influence), to release our own records, and to get more punk groups coming to play ALL AGES SHOWS in canberra.

and we're not going to have people from my school in the group / having knowledge of the group because a) their definition of punk is GREEN DAY and b) they suck.

right now i'm at the stage where i look around for band members, so its still very early in the game. i have a few ideas of how its going to turn out but i'm still open to new ideas.

i'm saving my money (and considering getting a job ) so i can buy some recoding gear, a spare guitar, and a decent amp.

so now i'm going off to send a message to a club owner i know, asking if he can post a bulletin saying BAND MEMBERS WANTED.

wish me luck.


Hey man I live in Bowral, about 1 hr 30 mins north of you. Me and a few guys are in a punk rock band, and we are looking to do the same thing because my area is ruled by death metal, emo, and screamo. I hate it, so we are going to try and make an impact around here.

Good luck to you.
#12
we have a weird scene....i guess.......in the burbs of illinois...the closest venues are the white house......which is some band called black power's basement....and clearwater theatre...which last time i heard wouldn't let you even mosh....and now plays alot of emo bands....so........i go to the white house sometimes......kind of street punkish and alot of ska bands....
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#13
^^good luck to you too.

my main problem is this. if i start a classic punk band i basically have to switch scenes, regularly play with corporate pop-rock bands, and travel to places like sydney to get a decent gig.
if i start a hardcore band it will be using members of other bands, because they are the only people who are reliable enough to be in a band. that way i will be able to let my own ideas go through (even though i wouldn't need to argue much) and each member would be willing, either with this band or theirs, to do a show just about every weekend.

and i know several people between the ages of 14 and 25 who love my musical taste, see me as a mature and respectable figure in our scene, and would straight away join a band unless they had massive comitments.

so i think a hardcore group is the way to go, it just depends on finding times to rehearse / gig that suit everyone.
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that is what girls find attractive.
#14
I love my scene, its more 5 or so scenes all clumped together to make the midlands punk scene (stoke, brum, stafford, lichfield and wolv) its really strong though, and regular, we got a fair few venues and f*ckin loads of bands, i like the fact that for any of the events-like the punx picnics theres always such a big turnout and everyone looks after each other, its like a family.

My only problem with it is all ages shows, sometimes theyre alright, but a lot of the time they just pack out with kids trying to buy beer and cause trouble, and then the little ****ers lose us another decent venue coz theyre too dumb to be subtle about it, i lost my favourite venue-the george in birmingham to it. It aint fair coz theres loads of kids just wanna get into punk, have a bit of a dance, Ive got no problem with kids and no problem with drunks and trouble makers, hell ive been labelled myself but if your underage-f*ck off and try again when your old enough, hopefully then mam and dad wont kick up a fuss about their little brats behaviour.
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#15
canberra is like a farming station, then blonk on parliament house. i don't see why you're complaining. come up here to the brisbane area, you can have all the pretail casulties drunk punx.
#16
i would rather them than all the kids who sit there and say how much they love good charlotte and if you don't have your hair black and combed to the side your not punk. but i also want to get a bit more punk going on in canberra. i love the hardcore, but i love punk more.

oh yeah, and to bootboy; theres enough people to have a decent fan base, or even get some bands started. but unless someone else gets the ball rolling they're going to stick to what they know is good.

i wonder if i can edit this so theres a poll...

no i can't.
so you're going to have to post this (if you want)

option 1: i try to get a band going in the few months i have before i'm due to have another band going

option 2: i do heaps for the local scene (organising gigs, fliers, all that sort of stuff) and wait until next year. while i'm at it i can start a DIY label and help out all the struggling local bands. (leaning towards this one)
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When you look at a guy and immediately go, "wow, what a douchebag"

that is what girls find attractive.
Last edited by pistols at Sep 4, 2006,
#17
Your scene sucks? I just found out that Panic At The Disco are from Las Vegas. That and the Crocodile Hunter dying have made this the crappiest week ever.
#19
It's hard to start a decent band in my area because the whole scene is either douchebag crusties or douchebag street punks who don't like you if you don't dress like them. Some of them are pretty cool, but the others just suck and are complete assholes.

Also I don't get along playing music with my friends, so that sucks. ha. Good luck to you though, everyone on here is giving some good advice.
#20
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Your scene sucks? I just found out that Panic At The Disco are from Las Vegas. That and the Crocodile Hunter dying have made this the crappiest week ever.



I'm not sure which one I'd be more disappointed about.
#21
when i hear some of you american guys bein pissed off about all the different kinds of punks you have it makes me envious. our punk scene is about 6 bands, but i've been findin a few more that have been kinda hidden away lately. Its mostly all screaming kids with dyed hair and wannabe guitar heroes with massive earlobes. But i've decided to stop dissin it and start tryin to improve it now, im gonna start networkin n im plannin on puttin on a diy show with all the local punk acts i can muster. i just have the feeling it wont be as easy as i think it will be.
are there any horse socks? is anyone listening to me?
#22
our local punk scene has about 4 or 5 bands. I don't really consider the gazillion metalcore bands that are from around here to be a part of the scene though.
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#23
^x2 yeah man. Complaining won't get you anywhere! A ****load of my friends are in like 4 or 5 bands, and they play pretty often. It's great to get people inspired to play music. Have a pep rally
Peace.
#24
I'm not complaining. I like my local scene. I wish sometimes the kids wouldn't fight and start bull****. But all in all the people are really cool and I like all of the bands.
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#25
okay, i have an update.

i've been looking forward to a show for months. bands playing were super best friends, johno and the trannies, epic flagon, and the unseen.
i'd been told that it was 18+ unless with a responsible adult.

so, thinking that meant someone who wasn't going to sneak me alcohol, i went with my cousin. my cousin shows the guy his ID, and i say i don't have one, and he won't let me in. he says "a responsible adult is someone who's over 30"
so i went to the club i usually go to, but the only people there that are over 30 are the sound guy and the owner, neither of whom can leave. so i head back, and a guy who seemed to be in with the bands tried to get me in. he says "this is my little brother, he left his ID at home" the owner says "he told me he wasn't 18" and i said "**** off, i said i don't have my ID"
so he told me he wasn't letting me in, and pretty much everyone there (who all know i'm not 18, but most i've never met in my life, inlcuding the guy who tried to get me in) started having a go at him, but he didn't do anything.

so i went back to the other show while my cousin stayed with his mates at the bar, and waited for the only good band of the night to play. but they pulled out. so there was no point at all for me to go out.

as i said before, i only ever see metalcore shows because they're the only ones that bother booking all ages gigs in my area. so i figured that i'll organise a show (before i book the date, so i don't get a repeat of the last gig i organised) ask a few bands to play, find a time thats good for all of them, get some decent promotion done so some people actually turn up, and start an all-ages canberra punk scene. without the help of punkACT because they're ****.
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When you look at a guy and immediately go, "wow, what a douchebag"

that is what girls find attractive.
#26
yeah good on ya mate. me n my buddy whos in another band are workin on a similar thing. so i'll take this chance, bit of a long shot, but punk bands in wollongong who want in let me know. i'll get back to yuo with details if you wanna be a part of it.
are there any horse socks? is anyone listening to me?
#27
Punk scene in Middlesbrough is... well, non-existent, really. My band haven't got a drummer at the moment, which is frustrating because we can't really play without one, and, with the exception of Ska band Columbus, and the quite excellent Stolen Sun, every local band sounds like Blink 182. It's quite, quite dreadful...
Have a nice day
#28
Quote by pinheadslts75
Your scene sucks? I just found out that Panic At The Disco are from Las Vegas. That and the Crocodile Hunter dying have made this the crappiest week ever.



^yeah...i found that out to...and i found out that panic never played a show until they got signed...but who gives a ****. they suck dick. the croc hunter however, is an idol...i loved to watch stever erwin. : ( but he is with all the good crocs that were poched in heaven right now, wrestling them to hell...but yeah, **** panic they suck