The Junk Bar.

Welcome

Junk Bar is Brisbane’s first original hole in the wall suburban bar. Wedged between a fish and chip shop and a chinese takeaway- step inside the velvet curtains and forget who you are and where you have been before now.

Welcome to our world- The Junk Bar.

WE HAVE RESUMED NORMAL TRADE FOR 2017- 

SKUKUM LOUNGE SHOWS- In the last two years since it’s been open- The Skukum Lounge has become one of Brisbane’s premier music venues. Strictly 50 capacity- we have hosted the likes of Robert Forster (The Go Betweens) Stephen Cummings (The Sports) Michael Hurley, Kristin Hersh, Ryley Walker, Kim Salmon, John Smith, Dave Graney and Mick Thomas just to name a few of the national and international acts that have graced it’s tiny stage.

 

For a peak at what The Skukum Lounge looks like check out Marcus Blacke’s film clip below.

 PLEASE NOTE- We are a strictly over 18 venue. No exceptions. All shows are 18 plus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Opening Hours

PLEASE NOTE NEW OPENING HOURS

Junk bar is open Wednesday- Friday from 5pm, Sat and Sunday from 2pm.

We are open till late every night and always open on Friday and Saturday until 12 am midnight.

We are closed Monday and Tuesday.

 

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Bookings/Functions/Eats

We do take bookings- and this is a good idea on the weekends as we usually fill up to our maximum capacity.

JUNK PARTIES AND FUNCTIONS-

“Hi Mia. Just wanted to say thanks so much to you, Oscar and the team there for making Saturday such an awesome and special night! Everyone loved the venue, the cocktails and the food and we all felt very well looked after. Will definitely be recommending you to others! Can’t wait for my next visit .

Cheers- Candice xx” May 2015

Hi Mia,
We had such an amazing time- Oscar was absolutely awesome. Mum was very pleased with everything. My friends are all raving about The Junk Bar and I think a few of them are considering hiring your function room out next year. The bar tab worked really well and I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect night.
Thank you so so so much for all yours, Oscars and your teams help ❤️ Lauren Oct 2015

 

We host the best parties and functions!  Bookings for 50 or under any night of the week now including Friday and Saturday nights in our brand new room The Skukum Lounge. Just email Mia on the contacts page for any enquiries.

Junk is the perfect venue for celebrations of any kind. We have a function food menu consisting of delicious platters from Cheese Platters to Thai and China Platters, Sushi Party Trays and even good old fashioned Pizza to complement our delicious 70’s inspired cocktails. Feel like you are hosting your own 70’s house party complete with table service so you and your friends can just sit back in your own section of the bar and let the waitresses look after you.

Your own couches, dim lamps, deer heads, amazing vinyl spinning all night long- check out what The Skukum Lounge looks like in Marcus Blacke’s film clip below.

 

Book in and spend the whole night.

Junk has a food menu that runs until midnight. Feast on our deliciously crafted Junk Plates- loaded with a selection of olives, cheese, junk made tasty dips and crackers – a -plenty. Add to your appetite our much talked about savoury or dessert bagels.

We also have a food menu that consists of Thai and Chinese options available through us courtesy of our neighbours- Pad Thai, Thai Curries and hand rolled dim sims and spring rolls are just some of what’s on offer.

If you feel like dessert- you can’t go past our creamy dessert cocktails! Oh- or Tim Tams!

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Finding Us

It’s half the fun.

Junk is hidden on Ashgrove Ave, at the corner of 215 Waterworks Road, Ashgrove.
No neon, no flashing lights- just look for the sliding door with the velvet curtains.

If you find somewhere and you don’t like it- it’s probably not the right place.

There is a constant stream of cabs and buses out the front, which makes getting to and from us easy.

NEW CITY GLIDER MAROON BUS SERVICE-

You can now travel from Coorparoo, Wooloongabba, Stones Corner, The City and Paddington straight to the heart of Ashgrove on the Maroon City Glider.

It will drop you off at stop 44 on Stewart Road which is just a hop, skip and a jump away from us- and travels every 10 min in peak hour and every 15 minutes in off peak.

This service also operates till 12.25 am on Friday and Saturday nights so it’s never been so easy to get to and from Junk on public transport. This service stops in the city at The Cultural Centre, Ann St and Roma St stations. Call 131230 for more information.

If catching public transport, catch the 379, 380 or 381 from the city to St Finbar’s stop no 15/16 Ashgrove. (This is just across the road almost from us).

 

There are cabs ever ready out the front to take you home.

If you’re looking for accommodation nearby, check Hotelscombined and go to

http://www.hotelscombined.com.au/Place/Junk_Bar.htm

 

 

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Upcoming Shows at the Skukum Lounge

2017

Friday 20th

LOS HUEVOS

LOS HUEVOS at The Junk Bar

Los Huevos is Brisbane’s premier psychedelic/surf experience. In their 8 years of existence, the 4 – 7 piece band has made their mark with rowdy local sets and a national tour with the Dandy Warhols. Los Huevos also holds the honour of playing the final set at one of Brisbane’s most loved venues, the Troubadour (R.I.P). The band is returning after a long hiatus to play a show at Ashgrove’s favourite haunt, the Junk Bar. Bring your best dancing shoes and train your drinking arm, things are going to get weird.

Sunday 22nd

WEYES BLOOD (US)

WEYES BLOOD (US) at The Junk Bar

Mistletone presents the debut Australian tour by Weyes Blood, playing an intimate duo show at Junk Bar hot on the heels of her sublime new album, Front Row Seat To Earth.

Weyes Blood is the songwriting project of California’s Natalie Mering, who channels the uneasy listening vibes of the lost voices of Laurel Canyon. Conjuring the mystical yearnings of Judee Sill, Weyes Blood creates gorgeous songs which resonate with echoes of the golden era AM radio yet sound entirely contemporary; delving into the archetypal feminine, whilst being firmly rooted in the now. A former collaborator with Ariel Pink and Jackie-O Motherf**ker, Weyes Blood most recently collaborated with Domino artist Drugdealer on his brilliant album The End of Comedy.

The new Weyes Blood album Front Row Seat To Earth (out now on Mexican Summer via Rocket) is warm and close, with a pop sensibility that sends it soaring into the atmosphere. The closeness of this record – how personal, alone, and frank it feels – conceals its aspirations to the outside, to the “Earth” of its title. Natalie Mering wants to lead us through the microcosm of the personal to the macrocosm of the transpersonal.

Her witness harbors devastating weight (“… and now you can’t stay, please baby don’t go away”) while also universalizing the strange ways of identity and relationships. These are not typical love songs or protest songs — they are painful, poignant riddles that celebrate the ambiguity of love. Weyes Blood affirms the conflict of harmonious life within a disharmonic world — she illuminates and mythologizes it, projecting it back over the whole of Earth. The inner ecology leads outward, bridging “us” with our obscure inheritance of nature.

“She crafts emotional epics that masquerade as psych-folk ballads, subtly symphonic songs that are informed by yesterday but live and breathe right now” – PITCHFORK BEST NEW MUSIC

“The exceptional voice of Natalie Mering never ceases to sweep us off our feet” – THE FADER

“Beautiful, unsettling and wholly compelling” – THE GUARDIAN five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wednesday 25th

CHARLIE MARSHALL AND THE BODY ELECTRIC/SABRINA LAWRIE & THE HUNTING PARTY

CHARLIE MARSHALL AND THE BODY ELECTRIC/SABRINA LAWRIE & THE HUNTING PARTY at The Junk Bar

The Body Electric were one of the definitive Melbourne bands of the 1990s. Full of dark passion and intense, soulful energy they featured the songwriting skills of one of Australia’s finest Charlie Marshall along with an all-star cast including Jim White and Warren Ellis from the Dirty Three, Brian Hooper of Beasts of Bourbon and Darren Seltmann of The Avalanches. These other bands went on to global success but the fates meant The Body Electric never received the exposure they deserved, remaining something of a Melbourne secret.

Charlie’s musical history owes a lot to Brisbane’s early new wave pioneers. Inspired by The Saints, Go Betweens and Ed Kuepper’s Laughing Clowns he formed another legendary Melbourne band in the 1980’s, the blues punk powerhouse Harem Scarem. With The Body Electric in the 90s he combined this bluesy, soulful, rock rhythmic sense with a songwriting craft inspired by the likes of Brian Wilson, J Mascis and Jimmy Webb and vocal style somewhere between Dylan, Iggy and Leonard Cohen to create a unique sound.

2016 saw the release of the Body Electric retrospective lp ‘Won’t Give Up’ and after an extended break from music, Charlie has returned to the live scene with renewed energy and vigour and a band featuring former Body Electric members Bryan Colechin (Hugo Race True Spirit) on bass and Brett Poliness (Siver Ray, Hugo Race) on drums. Charlie Marshall and the Body Electric now travel to Brisbane for the first time to relaunch these ‘lost Australian classics’.

With very special guest Sabrina Lawrie.

Sabrina Lawrie and the Hunting Party

It has been a very colourful twelve months for Sabrina Lawrie. After overcoming a serious back injury in early 2016, she has returned to the stage with a vibrant new energy and a story to tell.

Sabrina’s long awaited debut solo album ‘Hush The Mountain’ is due for release in March 2017 through new indie label Pig City Records with the first single to be launched in February.

Joining Sabrina onstage for her performance at The Junk Bar’s Skukum Lounge in January will be her full band The Hunting Party. Expect to hear them playing some of her previously unheard material from the forthcoming record and introducing some new members and more intimate sounds to the stage.

Friday 27th

DAVID BRIDIE (Not Drowning/Waving) (My Friend The Chocolate Cake)

DAVID BRIDIE (Not Drowning/Waving) (My Friend The Chocolate Cake) at The Junk Bar

David Bridie has enjoyed a remarkably versatile career as one of Australia’s most innovative contempora**ry musicians. David rose to prominence in 1983 as a uniquely Australian pianist, vocalist and songwriter in the critically acclaimed band Not Drowning, Waving. A decade and nine albums later, David formed the ARIA award-winning musical outfit, My Friend the Chocolate Cake. David has also enjoyed a venerable solo career, having released five studio albums including Act of Free Choice and 2013’s Wake. Not one to be categorised, David has firmly established himself over the last thirty years as a producer, musical theatre director and composer; having scored the soundtracks for over 100 international and Australian films, television series and documentaries.

FEBRUARY 2017

Friday 3rd

TREVOR LUDLOW AND THE HELLRAISERS, GREG BRADY AND THE ANCHORS

TREVOR LUDLOW AND THE HELLRAISERS, GREG BRADY AND THE ANCHORS at The Junk Bar

TREVOR LUDLOW AND THE HELLRAISERS

Trevor is a long time Brisbane/Melbourne song writer who has been around from the Melniks to Gentle Ben and his Sensitive side who in background plying his trade in sharp tunes which cross the pop/country/crooner boundaries.  Here he releases his new album experts in full fledged band mode and out on vinyl and cd…only Brisbane show.

GREG BRADY AND THE ANCHORS

Returning from their Surface Mail e.p., long time Brisbane skewed pop artist Greg Brady of Hugbubble/Clag/Cunningham/The Zebras is taking the reins and playing all instruments on new e.p. Big Man on Campus in a solo releaseJoined by his trusty cohorts the Anchors which is basically the same bunch of blokes who have been playing together for 20 years.

DOUBLE RECORD LAUNCH….ONE NIGHT ONLY

Thursday 9th

SUICIDE COUNTRY HOUR w/ J SHOGREN (USA)

SUICIDE COUNTRY HOUR w/ J SHOGREN (USA) at The Junk Bar

SUICIDE COUNTRY HOUR

“Traditional conventions of western music goes on a blind date with punishing depression and they both get fuckass-munted on fruit tingles and non-craft beer – Welcome to Suicide Country Hour.”

 

J SHOGREN

J Shogren Shanghai’d from Centennial WY (pop 100, 4 bars) has a singular vision of what he is doing musically—Roots & folk music filtered through a contemporary dissonant transmitter.Shogren shows up with a lived-in rasp of a voice, acoustic guitars, a batch of his own songs and some well-traveled numbers by cohorts from another time. JSShanghai’d has played all over the WY, US and Europe, and have released 4 albums over the last decade, and won the Wyoming Blues Challenge. Their new album WHY SO BLUE, BIRD? is out & getting great reviews.

“Brilliant storyteller from Wyoming. Hard Boiled, sometimes dark humorous stories delivered with a voice that clearly have lived through them.” – Lennart Persson (SWE) Rootsy

“J Shogren is an intellectual dealing in pop music….Like traditional music itself, Shogren’s songs occupy their own other world.” – Jeremy Clark (US) Rambles

Sunday 12th

THE DOUBLE HAPPINESS w/BILLIE STAR

THE DOUBLE HAPPINESS w/BILLIE STAR at The Junk Bar
It’s like Elizabeth Montgomery walked on the set of Twin Peaks but instead of being “wrapped in plastic” she found herself wrapped inside a polar bear skin digging the indie surf & spooky western sounds of….The Double Happiness. With members from Splat Acrobat and a variety of wacky named 90s bands you wished you’d heard of such as The Fugitive Microbes, Box Canyon, The Crimson Cardigans, Jiffy Squid, The Slacks, Vinyl and Boo Tree….The Double Happiness are thirty years in the making…just don’t wait that long to see them. 
Fresh from the release of her psychedelic band Nice Biscuit’s new single launch, the shining Billie Star joins the Pre-Valentines love fest for a special solo show. Find them all at the Junk Bar, Ashgrove on Sunday 12th February. Doors open at 6pm.
Friday 17th

THE BOWLS CLUB/LEANNE TENNANT/BEN ELY

THE BOWLS CLUB/LEANNE TENNANT/BEN ELY at The Junk Bar

THE BOWLS CLUB

It’s been along time between drinks for the musical trio that are The Bowls Club. Having just finished recording their long awaited third album, the guys are eager to show off their new material to an intimate Junk Bar audience. Once described as a “bludgeoning of pop, country, piano-bar and anything else they can get their hands on”, The Bowls Club are a satisfying display of fine song writing and musicianship.

Since they first emerged all the way back in 2003 the group has earned a reputation for their energetic and memorable performances. In 2013, The Bowls Club released their well received second album “Pretty Rosey”, which was another extensive demonstration of the band’s diverse styles and repertoire. Led by singer songwriter Chris Costello on both the piano and guitars, The Bowls Club is backed up by a fine rhythm section in Conrad Taylor (bass) and Ben Carstens (drums).

 imaginative,attractive stage presence ” The Courier Mail

“The Bowls  Club play melodic Aus-folk-pop that centres around the narrative verse. The subject matter is at times socially aware, but each account is a very individual one: “I drink and I smoke take the piss, make a joke ‘bout the women who are working for nothing and then the men who are doing nothin”. Time Off Magazine

 

LEANNE TENNANT

Fresh off the back of her Album launch tour, Leanne will be revisiting the tracks from Red Wine, Late Nights and a collection off her debut album Pull Up Your Britches.  Leanne was the recent nominee for Australian Artist of the year, and the Grant McLennan Fellowship.

“Right from the haunting acapella intro, Leanne Tennant’s commandingly haunting vocals latch on. “Gentle Annie” — the first track lifted from her forthcoming second album, Red Wine, Late Nights — teasingly edges towards complete collapse or euphoric and slowly succumbs to the soulful darkness of her late-night world” – Rolling Stone

“That less visited territory of the darker, starker end of roots music is where you’ll find the likes of Rhiannon Giddens and Leanne Tennant.  Her songs have something that the American doesn’t do: emotional empathy.  The Australian gets you inside her songs more effectively and moves you far more as she quietly works the low ground between a kind of Big Mama Thornton blues and the workhouse – Sydney Morning Herald”

 

BEN ELY SOLO

Ben Ely , Australian musician and artist best known for his work with Brisbane indie/alternative rock band Regurgitator, will be performing a number of tracks off his current Solo album, and upcoming album.

Over the last 2 years Ben collected many lyrical ideas in a strange kind of therapy that reflects his discomfort with the current government, state of the environment, and our place as human beings in this world.  A different musical direction once again for the highly versatile Ely.

Saturday 18th

STEPHEN CUMMINGS w/SHANE O'MARA- JUST ANNOUNCED

STEPHEN CUMMINGS w/SHANE O'MARA- JUST ANNOUNCED at The Junk Bar

Stephen Cummings assisted by Shane O’Mara perform together one last time at The Spotted Mallard on Saturday February 11th and The Junk Bar in Brisbane, on February 18th. Throughout his thirty-five-year career Cummings has learnt to spin new kinds of gold along the way. Presently gearing up for a trip to Europe, Japan & the release of his first EP, featuring five versions of Stephen’s song, ‘ANXIETY ATTACK’ The EP features Robert Goodge, guitar, mixing and magic, Chris Abrahams on Fender Rhodes and Geoffrey Hales on percussion. The songs are available as a download only. Stephen Cummings & Shane O’Mara have been fine-tuning their ‘thing’ performing together for more than a decade but these are the only chance they will get to play together in 2017. The shows will be out of this world.

Thursday 23rd

LYDIA COLE (NZ) w/ Emma Fradd

LYDIA COLE (NZ) w/ Emma Fradd at The Junk Bar

Silver Scroll nominee Lydia Cole writes bare-boned, heart-on-your-sleeve songs. They’re sparse and beautiful landscapes that carve out the universal themes; life, love and loss. If her 2012 album Me and Moon introduced an artist both youthful and world-weary, her follow up The Lay of the Land, showcases an artist with the maturity only battle scars can provide. Set for release in February 2017, The Lay of the Land sees Cole exploring a broader palate; the full sonic spectrum, from hushed organic vulnerability to washes of digital swells, all the while with heart firmly on sleeve.

Celebrating with a string of intimate shows, Lydia brings The Lay of the Land and its intricate stories to life onstage.

With support from Emma Fradd.

Saturday 25th

PETER BLACK (HARD ONS) AND FOREST POOKY (FRANCE)

PETER BLACK (HARD ONS) AND FOREST POOKY (FRANCE) at The Junk Bar
After pulling off the crazy and ambitious feat of writing, recording and releasing a song every day of the leap year 2016 (that’s 366 songs released in total, more than most bands release throughout their entire career), when asked what he’s gonna do next “Play live!” was the immediate response from Peter Black.
Known more for heavy bands (the legendary!) Hard Ons and Nunchukka Superfly, Peter “Blackie” Black is also up to four solo albums. “Solo stuff is very gentle, mainly picking and often sounding like a lullaby. When people are surprised I’m equally as surprised. Why would I do the same thing as my bands?? Music is wonderful and I wanna do it all”
The last tour Peter played before tackling Song A Day was a lengthy tour of Europe with fellow acoustic artist Forest Pooky. “We did 49 shows in 7 weeks. It was one of the best tours I’ve ever been on and i’m very happy I can return the favour and not only introduce Australia to his fantastic music, but also do all the driving!”
Forest Pooky has been singing, writing songs and performing for nearly 17 years. Born from the French punk rock scene, his commitment to music grew exponentially, and to the point where the man, constantly on the road, has been sometimes referred to as a “Dharma Bum”. Playing his songs wherever, and to whoever is willing to listen from house shows to larger festivals. Forest has shared the stage with Evan Dando (the Lemonheads), Frank Turner, Joey Cape (Lagwagon), Kepi Ghoulie (Groovie Ghoulies), Peter “Blackie”Black (the Hard Ons), Kevin Seconds (7 Seconds) and Against Me!
“We did an mini album together as well,” commented Black. “We’ll be playing songs from that as well as our solo work, wont you please join us?”

MARCH 2017

Friday 3rd

JOSH RENNIE HYNES

JOSH RENNIE HYNES at The Junk Bar

Josh Rennie-Hynes will follow up the release of his     critically acclaimed Second Album ‘Furthermore’ with a run of select, intimate shows this March. The Album was released in the back half of 2016 and garnered incredible reviews across the board.

 

In late December 2016, Rennie-Hynes completed his largest Tour to date on the back of Furthermore, on the road for over Three months and playing over 30 shows all across Australia and New Zealand. He has supported the likes of Kasey Chambers, JD Mcpherson and Shane Nicholson and performed at some of Australia’s most renowned Festivals such as The Woodford Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival and Nannup Music Festival among many others. Rennie-Hynes has also teamed up with Parlour for a House Concert Tour to take in regional areas in between the Capital city shows.

Sunday 5th

FRANKIE COSMOS- 2 SHOWS SOLD OUT.

FRANKIE COSMOS- 2 SHOWS SOLD OUT. at The Junk Bar

Handsome Tours and Jet Black Cat Music are proud to announce the debut Australian tour of New York City four-piece, *Frankie Cosmos*. The band will touch down in Australia in March for Perth Festival, plus headline shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Orbitting around the songwriting of 22 year-old songwriter Greta Kline, Frankie Cosmos mine the everyday banalities of youth and marry them to elegantly constructed, deeply relatable meandering alt-pop ditties. Their songs are sweet and sincere, but they are not saccharine. They invoke long, lazy, youthful summers and the addictive awkwardness of first loves. Spin asserted that Kline “recalls the legible confessionals of Kimya Dawson and the bright-eyed melancholy of Beat Happening”.

Starting as Kline’s own solo bedroom pop project, Frankie Cosmos was born of a generation of artists raised on online self-releasing. Kline’s early praise was built on an impressive, prolific catalogue of bedroom recordings, complementing her reputation within the NYC DIY scene as an all ages advocate. This cult stardom culminated with New York Magazine naming her debut album, ‘Zentropy’, the #1 Pop album of 2014.

Since then, Frankie Cosmos has blossomed into a four-piece band including David Maine, Lauren Martin, and Luke Pyenson, resulting in the globally acclaimed sophomore LP, ‘Next Thing’ (Bayonet Records/Secretly Canadian). The album received a coveted Best New Music designation from Pitchfork as well as exceptional reviews from the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and others.

Frankie Cosmos spent the northern summer touring their new record across the US and Europe, often sharing stages with fellow DIY luminaries Girlpool, Porches and Alex G. They’ve been petting dogs, making pals and getting glowing feedback for their debt mix of energy, intimacy and levity on stage. Expect whimsical but frank, entirely melodious garage pop of the finest pedigree.

“Kline is quietly writing herself into a vaunted place, one where she will eventually deserve mention alongside poets who can puncture your heart in the span of a sentence.” – Pitchfork (8.5/10)

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