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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Junk Bar.

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.

 

The Junk Bar.

Functions

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!

The Junk Bar.

Contact

The Junk Bar.

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

 

 

The Junk Bar.

Upcoming Shows at the Skukum Lounge

2017

MARCH 2017

Saturday 25th

SILVER SIRCUS- SOVEREIGNTY/HOME

SILVER SIRCUS- SOVEREIGNTY/HOME at The Junk Bar
Silver Sircus present two very special shows performing and reinterpreting three of their releases in their entirety. Debut EP ‘Sovereignty’ (2008) and first album ‘To The Place That Is Home’ (2012) will be performed at Show #1 SOVEREIGNTY/HOME (Sat 25 March) and most recent release ‘Incarnadine’ (2016) will form the basis for Show #2 INCARNADINE/VARIATIONS (Sat 29 April).
 
SOVEREIGNTY/HOME
Saturday 25 March 2017
Tickets: $15.00 (+ booking fee)
 
INCARNADINE/VARIATIONS
Saturday 29 April 2017
With Special Guest SS.Sebastian
Tickets: $15.00 (+ booking fee)
Many of the songs will be radically re-arranged/re-imagined specifically for these shows, some closer to their original demo ideas and others faithful to the studio recordings.
 
Very limited edition bundle of original ‘Sovereignty EP’, ‘Come Back As You’ Single, ‘Dark Back Garden EP’, ‘I Am Going To Find You’ Single and ‘To The Place That Is Home’ Album will be available on the night for $30.00. 
Sunday 26th

BORROWED VERSE-POETRY AND MUSIC

BORROWED VERSE-POETRY AND MUSIC at The Junk Bar

BORROWED VERSE

w/ Marcus Blacke, McKisko, Samuel Wagan Watson & special guests

An evening featuring some of Brisbane’s finest songwriters and poets premiering a series of brand new works for the Borrowed Verse project.

Currently in production, the Borrowed Verse album will feature Glenn Richards (Augie March), winner of the 2007 APRA Song of the Year award; Angie Hart (Frente!), ARIA award winner and legend of the Australian music scene; and acclaimed songwriter, Ben Salter, member of ARIA nominated band, The Wilson Pickers.

To date, Borrowed Verse has featured at TedxBrisbane, Woodford Folk Festival and is planning a series of performances over the coming 12 months.

Featured artists:
Marcus Blacke

Possessing the wit of Bob Dylan, the dejection of Tom Waits and the emotions of Elliott Smith, for his debut self-titled album Marcus Blacke worked with legendary producer Malcolm Burn (Emmylou Harris, Patti Smith) to reveal the grace and gloom of its songs.

McKisko

“Film noir in musical form.” McKisko has shared the bill with Jose Gonzales, Bon Iver and J. Mascis and toured throughout Australia and Europe, including as part of the Grant McLennan Fellowship.

Samuel Wagan Watson

Multi award-winning poet and professional narrator and storyteller, Samuel has now published six volumes of poetry, including the recently released Love Poems and Death Threats.

Alex Bell

Moved by the captivating hum of the natural world, Alex Bell will soon release his fourth album in addition to a range of new collaborations with Australian poets.

Bonetti

Bonetti’s songs wander and jangle through the streets like a ghost in need of a ride home. Possessing a diverse musical range, he has won numerous awards for composition.

Friday 31st

HUGO RACE- 24 HOURS TO NOWHERE SOLO SHOW.

HUGO RACE- 24 HOURS TO NOWHERE SOLO SHOW. at The Junk Bar

Hugo Race returns to Brisbane with a 24 Hours to Nowhere solo show at the Junk Bar on March 31st

…and in conversation about his book Road Series at the Brisbane Rock and Roll Writer’s Festival on April 1st and 2nd

“An Australian music legend, thanks to stints with seminal bands such as the Bad Seeds, Hugo Race has now brewed this memoir. Ricocheting like a pinball from the Melbourne punk scene to Berlin, Brazil, Mali and beyond, this series of snapshots is frequently filtered through a narcotic lens but is nonetheless seductive reading. With an unavoidable nod to Kerouac, it’s an on-the-road diary, the observations and experiences nostalgia-free and often brutally honest. There’s no rockstar narcissism here; just a fascinating insight into the restless need to keep moving, to maintain the creative mojo and to be on the frontier rather than on the couch.” – Road Series review, Qantas Inflight magazine

 

Hugo’s 24 Hours to Nowhere album received rave reviews internationally:

“At times dreamlike, there’s an indie cinematic vibe throughout: Johnny Cash on the Lost Highway (Lynch’s that is, not Bon Jovi’s). Elegant lyricism and wistful insight adds weight to some finely crafted songwriting and if Australiana is a genre, this is it.” – Tim Batcup, Classic Rock UK

 

“This collaboration with Italian soundscape group Sacri Cuori highlights (Race’s) cinematic urges. The heartstabbing title track is a fine duet with Angie Hart of Frente, and Fatalists add cowboy twang to a set of agreeably Gothic growlers…” – Alistair McKay, Uncut, UK

 

“’24 Hours from Nowhere’ is darker than the darkest Walkabouts song, it’s a scorched earth vision… The songs sound magnificent, the instruments like blocks of grey tones, beautifully picked out, with plenty of room between them… Overall this is a dark Gothic piece that skillfully calls on Lee Hazelwood and Ennio Morricone to create a suite of songs that is beautifully constructed and breathlessly cinematic.” – David Cowling, Americana UK

 

“A captivating listen, with the ten tracks heavy on dreamy atmospherics. Hugo’s vocals are downbeat with a desert dry delivery, akin to say Lou Reed and Ed Keupper, and the mournful music is imaginative, taking you off into a vast, empty and dust blown wilderness.” – Pete Craven, Vive Le Rock, UK

 

More at: http://www.hugoracemusic.com

APRIL 2017

Saturday 1st

THE BELL DIVERS ALBUM LAUNCH w/ ADELE PICKVANCE

THE BELL DIVERS ALBUM LAUNCH w/ ADELE PICKVANCE at The Junk Bar

“Not to Come Back” is the third, and quietest album by Brisbane indie-rock group The Bell Divers. Recorded in a single day in the mountains overlooking their home city, the album was engineered and mixed by Jamie Trevaskis (Robert Forster, Halfway), and blends Clinton Toghill’s and Matthew Lobb’s sensuously minimalist arrangements of wispy guitars and electric bass with their friend Donald Mackay’s brushed drums, accordion and organ work.

The Bell Divers are proudly launching the album at the Junk Bar on Saturday 1 April 2017, with special guest Adele Pickvance. The album will be played in its entirety by Toghill, Lobb and Mackay, before the group is joined by their hitherto regular rhythm section of Jane Elliott (bass) and Stew Duff (drums) for several earlier songs and soon to be released non-album single.

‘Stereo Burns’, which conjures the frantic energy of early B-52s rather than the album’s cinematic lassitude.

As with the group’s previous work, the album plays like an unsettling but beautiful audiobook full of characters who have somehow quietly arrived at crisis points. More like a masterful author than a typical rock lyricist, Toghill’s treatment of human fallibility avoids histrionics and morality, and simply presents characters’ perspectives with a clarity mirrored in the stark music.

‘On The Bridge’, an oddly jaunty tune about a person contemplating suicide, is the album’s first single.

“I wasn’t so convinced the one time I saw them play live. I’m way more convinced now, even if they can’t hide the joy bubbling away just beneath the heartrending lyrics.” – Everett True.

Sunday 2nd

MEXICO CITY w/RICH DAVIES AND THE LOW ROAD (MELB)

MEXICO CITY w/RICH DAVIES AND THE LOW ROAD (MELB) at The Junk Bar

Sunday. The Lord’s Day. The day after Saturday. A day of rest…

Come this April, Sunday is your best chance to catch one of Brisbane’s finest – Mexico City – up close and intimate as they undertake a month-long residency at the Junk Bar, Ashgrove.

Every Sunday in April (except Easter Sunday), Mexico City will be joined onstage by some of their favourite songwriters and musicians to perform in the wood-panelled surrounds of the Junk Bar’s Skukum Lounge.

The four-piece will be playing songs from their entire back catalogue, including 2016’s When The Day Goes Dark, which The Music described in its four-and-half star review as “thoughtful Australicana…[i]t’s the music of a faded weatherboard Queenslander, in the kind of inner-suburb street that hasn’t been gentrified yet”.

As well as old favourites and a few choice covers, the band will be debuting and road testing a host of new songs, ahead of recording their fourth album. This is your chance to hear the new songs for the first time and watch them take flight.

Tickets for each show are $10 and available from Oztix (link to come). Special album bundles are also available ($25 with CD or $30 with vinyl).

Doors open at 6pm and tickets are strictly limited. For more details see below or go to http://www.thejunkbar.com.au

Sunday 2 April

Supporting Rich Davies and the Low Road (Melb)

Renowned for his captivating live shows and ‘superbly crafted songs dragged up from the depths of the soul’, award-winning singer-songwriter Rich Davies is one of Melbourne’s most authentic and engaging folk rock artists.

Davies’ second album Ghosts marks a departure from the colossal sound of his critically acclaimed debut album The Devil’s Union, in favour of a more intimate, stripped back approach. The result is a unique fusion of folk and Americana, with a nuanced, heart-on-sleeve sound that brings Davies’ songwriting and voice to the fore. Equal parts fragile and fierce, Ghosts spans a sonic spectrum from tender ballads to upbeat foot stompers.

 

Son of a folk singer, Davies spent his formative years in folk clubs, steeped in the culture, ethos and traditions of the genre. The evolution of his new sound has seen him reconnect with that world. The music echoed this journey as he peeled back the skin of rock’n’roll to expose folk, country and blues bones; his Scottish roots weaving their way through acoustic story-songs with unmistakable passion.

Join Rich and his amazing band (featuring Ayleen O’Hanlon from Mick Thomas and The Roving Commission on banjo & vocals) get the Skukum Lounge in the Junk Bar jumping and singing. You won’t be able to help yourself.

Sunday 9 April

Ben Ely (Regurgitator, Mexico City) in support

Sunday 16 April

Closed for Easter

Sunday 23 April

Zac Gunthorpe in support

Sunday 30 April

Hillsborough in support

Band bios

Mexico City

When The Day Goes Dark reconfirms Mexico City’s status as one of Australia’s best-kept secrets. Whether it’s the bittersweet trawl through Brisbane’s west of ‘Rosewood Line’, the punch-in-the-guts storytelling of ‘Easy Grace’ or the suburban malaise of the title track, the lyrics hit harder than ever before. But when the mood suits, Mexico City can still conjure up a racket. Take lead single ‘Down At The Beach’, which use a mutant surf guitar/roadhouse blues to retell the 2005 Cronulla riots; or ‘Shadow Of A Doubt’, which drops a feverish end-times vision over a tub-thumping piano stomp. For further details go to https://www.facebook.com/Mexicocityband/

Rich Davies and the Low Road

“A rousing and visceral foot-stomping contemporary folk attack” – Mick Thomas, Weddings Parties Anything.
Renowned for his captivating live shows and ‘superbly crafted songs dragged up from the depths of the soul’, award-winning singer-songwriter Rich Davies is gaining a reputation as one of Melbourne’s most authentic and engaging artists. With a poet’s heart and a rocker’s soul, Davies spent his formative years in the folk clubs of Scotland, steeped in the ethos and traditions of the genre. For more information go to http://richdaviesmusic.com/

Ben Ely

Ben Ely is a Brisbane institution having played in bands for 25-plus years. From the earlier Huxley Family through Pangaea to the long-lived Regurgitator and many more, including Brisbane’s Mexico City. In 2015 Ben released his debut solo album, the stellar Goodbye Machine. Recorded over three days by the Junk Bar’s Jamie Trevaskis straight to two-inch tape, it’s a stark but beautiful collection of soulful ruminations about the world we inhabit. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/benzahbo/

Zac Gunthorpe

Zac Gunthorpe has progressed in leaps and bounds since the release of his Long Lost Love Lies EP in 2012. His latest album, Glory Bound was recorded live in producer Andrew Morris’s studio at the Church Farm in Northern NSW. Gunthorpe called on members of some of his favourite bands to back him, enlisting members of The Wilson Pickers, The Gin Club, Mexico City and The Living End to flesh out his artfully crafted compositions. For more details go to http://www.zacgunthorpe.com

Hillsborough

There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to stand alone and stare the world squarely in the eyes; whether he’s ready or not. It sure helps if he is holding a good-looking guitar and even better if he has a mic stand he can swing if things turn ugly. Phil Usher steps out from fronting Brisbane bands Grand Atlantic and the Sacred Shrines to play his sad cowboy tunes with a revolving collective of his friends. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/hillsboroughmusic/

Thursday 6th

RORY DAWSON w/AMELA

RORY DAWSON w/AMELA at The Junk Bar

In celebration of the launch of his second solo EP ‘While Away’, singer-songwriter Rory J Dawson is playing a special, intimate show at The Junk Bar. He will be supported by fellow Brisbane folk artist Amela who just released her single ‘Push & Pull’ to Triple J play and rapturous reviews.

The ‘While Away’ EP features more of the “tender lyrics and rich harmonies” that the release of the titular single hinted at last year. The lead single is available to stream here on Soundcloud. Happy Magazine describes the singer’s work as “melodic poetry” that explores “past regrets and love” through a fusion of “folk and pop flavours”.

Rory J Dawson

w/ Amela

@ The Junk Bar

06th April

$15/7.30pm

Rory J Dawson is a Brisbane based singer-songwriter who previously fronted local band Friends Of Ben. He now writes melancholy, harmony drenched pop songs for people who feel sad in summer time. He released the single ‘While Away’ at the end of last year in preparation for the launch of his EP of the same name in April.

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Rory J Dawson on Soundcloud

Rory J Dawson on Facebook

Friday 7th

RON S.PENO w/CAM BUTLER.

RON S.PENO w/CAM BUTLER. at The Junk Bar

Australian music legend Ron S. Peno needs no introduction. As the front man for Died Pretty and now Ron S. Peno & The Superstitions, he is the possessor of a voice that is as instantly recognisable as it is beautiful and soul-baring. Making a rare trip to Brisbane, he and Superstitions guitarist, Cam Butler, will be playing some intimate vocal and electric guitar versions of songs taken from the Superstition’s two critically acclaimed albums and also some from the band’s upcoming third album. They will play an early and a late show at the Junk Bar on Friday April 7. These shows are not to be missed!

Saturday 8th

KIM SALMON- LABCOAT TALES- THE STORY OF THE SCIENTISTS

KIM SALMON- LABCOAT TALES- THE STORY OF THE SCIENTISTS at The Junk Bar

KIM SALMON has a long list of musical credits to his name.

Whether it’s rocking out with The Beasts of Bourbon, shooting up the charts with Hoodoo Gurus’ Dave Faulkner in Antenna, folk noir collaborations with Died Pretty front man Ron Peno in The Darling Downs or celebrated recordings under his own name especially influential 90s outfit Kim Salmon & The Surrealists, Kim Salmon has carved his own place in Australia’s musical landscape.

Overseas he is regarded as the “Godfather of Grunge” and often credited as the creator of its sound with seminal act, THE SCIENTISTS. His fans include Nirvana, Mudhoney, Sonic Youth, Henry Rollins and more.

In “Labcoat Tales”, Kim walks you through the story of the Scientists moving chronologically through the bands repertoire recounting various anomalies and incidents that made up the ‘Scientific method’ interspersed with the songs themselves.

From Cheap and Nasty to The Human Jukebox and a whole lot of ‘bad’ places in between Kim has found that the solitary stage is not such a bad place, with plenty left to explore.

Kim is looking forward to telling his Labcoat Tales to you!

Sunday 9th

MEXICO CITY SUNDAY RESIDENCY w/BEN ELY (REGURGITATOR)

MEXICO CITY SUNDAY RESIDENCY w/BEN ELY (REGURGITATOR) at The Junk Bar

Sunday. The Lord’s Day. The day after Saturday. A day of rest…

Come this April, Sunday is your best chance to catch one of Brisbane’s finest – Mexico City – up close and intimate as they undertake a month-long residency at the Junk Bar, Ashgrove.

Every Sunday in April (except Easter Sunday), Mexico City will be joined onstage by some of their favourite songwriters and musicians to perform in the wood-panelled surrounds of the Junk Bar’s Skukum Lounge.

The four-piece will be playing songs from their entire back catalogue, including 2016’s When The Day Goes Dark, which The Music described in its four-and-half star review as “thoughtful Australicana…[i]t’s the music of a faded weatherboard Queenslander, in the kind of inner-suburb street that hasn’t been gentrified yet”.

As well as old favourites and a few choice covers, the band will be debuting and road testing a host of new songs, ahead of recording their fourth album. This is your chance to hear the new songs for the first time and watch them take flight.

Tickets for each show are $10 and available from Oztix (link to come). Special album bundles are also available ($25 with CD or $30 with vinyl).

Doors open at 6pm and tickets are strictly limited. For more details see below or go to http://www.thejunkbar.com.au

Sunday 2 April

Supporting Rich Davies and the Low Road (Melb)

Sunday 9 April

Ben Ely (Regurgitator, Mexico City) in support

Sunday 16 April

Closed for Easter

Sunday 23 April

Zac Gunthorpe in support

Sunday 30 April

Hillsborough in support

Band bios

Mexico City

When The Day Goes Dark reconfirms Mexico City’s status as one of Australia’s best-kept secrets. Whether it’s the bittersweet trawl through Brisbane’s west of ‘Rosewood Line’, the punch-in-the-guts storytelling of ‘Easy Grace’ or the suburban malaise of the title track, the lyrics hit harder than ever before. But when the mood suits, Mexico City can still conjure up a racket. Take lead single ‘Down At The Beach’, which use a mutant surf guitar/roadhouse blues to retell the 2005 Cronulla riots; or ‘Shadow Of A Doubt’, which drops a feverish end-times vision over a tub-thumping piano stomp. For further details go to https://www.facebook.com/Mexicocityband/

Rich Davies and the Low Road

“A rousing and visceral foot-stomping contemporary folk attack” – Mick Thomas, Weddings Parties Anything.
Renowned for his captivating live shows and ‘superbly crafted songs dragged up from the depths of the soul’, award-winning singer-songwriter Rich Davies is gaining a reputation as one of Melbourne’s most authentic and engaging artists. With a poet’s heart and a rocker’s soul, Davies spent his formative years in the folk clubs of Scotland, steeped in the ethos and traditions of the genre. For more information go to http://richdaviesmusic.com/

Ben Ely

Ben Ely is a Brisbane institution having played in bands for 25-plus years. From the earlier Huxley Family through Pangaea to the long-lived Regurgitator and many more, including Brisbane’s Mexico City. In 2015 Ben released his debut solo album, the stellar Goodbye Machine. Recorded over three days by the Junk Bar’s Jamie Trevaskis straight to two-inch tape, it’s a stark but beautiful collection of soulful ruminations about the world we inhabit. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/benzahbo/

Zac Gunthorpe

Zac Gunthorpe has progressed in leaps and bounds since the release of his Long Lost Love Lies EP in 2012. His latest album, Glory Bound was recorded live in producer Andrew Morris’s studio at the Church Farm in Northern NSW. Gunthorpe called on members of some of his favourite bands to back him, enlisting members of The Wilson Pickers, The Gin Club, Mexico City and The Living End to flesh out his artfully crafted compositions. For more details go to http://www.zacgunthorpe.com

Hillsborough

There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to stand alone and stare the world squarely in the eyes; whether he’s ready or not. It sure helps if he is holding a good-looking guitar and even better if he has a mic stand he can swing if things turn ugly. Phil Usher steps out from fronting Brisbane bands Grand Atlantic and the Sacred Shrines to play his sad cowboy tunes with a revolving collective of his friends. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/hillsboroughmusic/

Friday 21st

SHIFTING SANDS DO JUNK BAR.

SHIFTING SANDS DO JUNK BAR. at The Junk Bar

Brisbane’s Shifting Sands first staggered bleary eyed into the down light around 4 years ago and quickly razed dive bars like bridges with their beautiful downbeat alco-core aesthetic.

Comprised of members of seminal and established Australian acts SixFtHick, Gentle Ben & his Sensitive Side and Jeremy Neale Band , Shifting Sands burn the mantle of Leonard Cohen, Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood and Serge Gainsbourg.

Singer Geoff Corbett takes a full stumble back from his SixFtHick role of high-priest of psychotic swamp blither to snake, slither and baritone croon through a quiver full of booze-addled reflections of unrequited love and scuttled hearts. Corbett and vocal partner in crime Isabella Mellor take us on a journey through dark and piss-soaked alleys of sorrow and the oft endless and futile quest for a dopamine spike.

Shifting Sands wind their way knowingly through eclectic tunes littered with surf, country, noir pop and epic film nuance providing the soundtrack to the blackened and road worn lyrical humour.

Shifting Sands debut album “Beach Coma” is an underground classic, already lauded in both euro and antipodean circles as one of the finest underground releases of 2015. August 2017 will see the release of the follow up to “Beach Coma” coinciding with a tour of France and slots on the Binic Folks Blues Festival in Bretagne.

Shifting Sands erode their way back into the Junk Bar, Ashgrove on Friday 21st April.

“As there is Americana, henceforth there is Australiana, Shifting Sands is the archetype and its motto is Beach Coma”

-Dig It Magazine, France

Beneath Shifting Sands romantic catharsis there can be found a rugged beauty, ****.” 

The Age, Melbourne

”Sweltering swoons and Bukowski-style charm…..like Harvey Keitel doing Pulp ”

– Time Out, Melbourne

 

Watch the music video for Shifting Sands “Other Girls” here https://vimeo.com/115609643

www.facebook.com/theshiftingsands

Saturday 22nd

TYLEA "DARK RIVER" SINGLE LAUNCH w/Asha Jefferies

TYLEA
Tylea “Dark River” Single Launch
 
“Dark River” is the first official single from Tylea’s forthcoming album The Lake of Sand and Stone.  The album is her first offering since her acclaimed disc-booklet, Colour your Insecurities in 2005.  Produced, recorded and mixed by Jamie Tresvaskis, The Lake of Sand is Stone is a celebration and honouring of personal growth.  A rich offering for her wide community of fans, The Lake of Sea and Stone is also a treasure for a new generation to discover. Whoever you are, and wherever – dive deep.  
 
The launch will feature support from the elegant, Asha Jeffries  as well as guest appearances from artists who appeared on the  record:  Dan McNaulty (We All Want To/The Valery Trails and ultimate lady, Janey Mac.  There may be  some other surprise personnel too.
 
Ticket price:  $15 plus booking fee
Support:   Asha Jeffries 
Sunday 23rd

MEXICO CITY SUNDAY RESIDENCY w/ZAC GUNTHORPE

MEXICO CITY SUNDAY RESIDENCY w/ZAC GUNTHORPE at The Junk Bar

Sunday. The Lord’s Day. The day after Saturday. A day of rest…

Come this April, Sunday is your best chance to catch one of Brisbane’s finest – Mexico City – up close and intimate as they undertake a month-long residency at the Junk Bar, Ashgrove.

Every Sunday in April (except Easter Sunday), Mexico City will be joined onstage by some of their favourite songwriters and musicians to perform in the wood-panelled surrounds of the Junk Bar’s Skukum Lounge.

The four-piece will be playing songs from their entire back catalogue, including 2016’s When The Day Goes Dark, which The Music described in its four-and-half star review as “thoughtful Australicana…[i]t’s the music of a faded weatherboard Queenslander, in the kind of inner-suburb street that hasn’t been gentrified yet”.

As well as old favourites and a few choice covers, the band will be debuting and road testing a host of new songs, ahead of recording their fourth album. This is your chance to hear the new songs for the first time and watch them take flight.

Tickets for each show are $10 and available from Oztix (link to come). Special album bundles are also available ($25 with CD or $30 with vinyl).

Doors open at 6pm and tickets are strictly limited. For more details see below or go to http://www.thejunkbar.com.au

Sunday 2 April

Supporting Rich Davies and the Low Road (Melb)

Sunday 9 April

Ben Ely (Regurgitator, Mexico City) in support

Sunday 16 April

Closed for Easter

Sunday 23 April

Zac Gunthorpe in support

Sunday 30 April

Hillsborough in support

Band bios

Mexico City

When The Day Goes Dark reconfirms Mexico City’s status as one of Australia’s best-kept secrets. Whether it’s the bittersweet trawl through Brisbane’s west of ‘Rosewood Line’, the punch-in-the-guts storytelling of ‘Easy Grace’ or the suburban malaise of the title track, the lyrics hit harder than ever before. But when the mood suits, Mexico City can still conjure up a racket. Take lead single ‘Down At The Beach’, which use a mutant surf guitar/roadhouse blues to retell the 2005 Cronulla riots; or ‘Shadow Of A Doubt’, which drops a feverish end-times vision over a tub-thumping piano stomp. For further details go to https://www.facebook.com/Mexicocityband/

Rich Davies and the Low Road

“A rousing and visceral foot-stomping contemporary folk attack” – Mick Thomas, Weddings Parties Anything.
Renowned for his captivating live shows and ‘superbly crafted songs dragged up from the depths of the soul’, award-winning singer-songwriter Rich Davies is gaining a reputation as one of Melbourne’s most authentic and engaging artists. With a poet’s heart and a rocker’s soul, Davies spent his formative years in the folk clubs of Scotland, steeped in the ethos and traditions of the genre. For more information go to http://richdaviesmusic.com/

Ben Ely

Ben Ely is a Brisbane institution having played in bands for 25-plus years. From the earlier Huxley Family through Pangaea to the long-lived Regurgitator and many more, including Brisbane’s Mexico City. In 2015 Ben released his debut solo album, the stellar Goodbye Machine. Recorded over three days by the Junk Bar’s Jamie Trevaskis straight to two-inch tape, it’s a stark but beautiful collection of soulful ruminations about the world we inhabit. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/benzahbo/

Zac Gunthorpe

Zac Gunthorpe has progressed in leaps and bounds since the release of his Long Lost Love Lies EP in 2012. His latest album, Glory Bound was recorded live in producer Andrew Morris’s studio at the Church Farm in Northern NSW. Gunthorpe called on members of some of his favourite bands to back him, enlisting members of The Wilson Pickers, The Gin Club, Mexico City and The Living End to flesh out his artfully crafted compositions. For more details go to http://www.zacgunthorpe.com

Hillsborough

There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to stand alone and stare the world squarely in the eyes; whether he’s ready or not. It sure helps if he is holding a good-looking guitar and even better if he has a mic stand he can swing if things turn ugly. Phil Usher steps out from fronting Brisbane bands Grand Atlantic and the Sacred Shrines to play his sad cowboy tunes with a revolving collective of his friends. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/hillsboroughmusic/

Saturday 29th

SILVER SIRCUS- INCARNADINE/VARIATIONS w/ SS SEBASTIAN

SILVER SIRCUS- INCARNADINE/VARIATIONS w/ SS SEBASTIAN at The Junk Bar
Silver Sircus present two very special shows performing and reinterpreting three of their releases in their entirety. Debut EP ‘Sovereignty’ (2008) and first album ‘To The Place That Is Home’ (2012) will be performed at Show #1 SOVEREIGNTY/HOME (Sat 25 March) and most recent release ‘Incarnadine’ (2016) will form the basis for Show #2 INCARNADINE/VARIATIONS (Sat 29 April).
 
SOVEREIGNTY/HOME
Saturday 25 March 2017
Tickets: $15.00 (+ booking fee)
 
INCARNADINE/VARIATIONS
Saturday 29 April 2017
With Special Guest SS.Sebastian
Tickets: $15.00 (+ booking fee)
Many of the songs will be radically re-arranged/re-imagined specifically for these shows, some closer to their original demo ideas and others faithful to the studio recordings.
 
Very limited edition bundle of original ‘Sovereignty EP’, ‘Come Back As You’ Single, ‘Dark Back Garden EP’, ‘I Am Going To Find You’ Single and ‘To The Place That Is Home’ Album will be available on the night for $30.00. 
Sunday 30th

MEXICO CITY RESIDENCY w/HILLSBOROUGH

MEXICO CITY RESIDENCY w/HILLSBOROUGH at The Junk Bar

Sunday. The Lord’s Day. The day after Saturday. A day of rest…

Come this April, Sunday is your best chance to catch one of Brisbane’s finest – Mexico City – up close and intimate as they undertake a month-long residency at the Junk Bar, Ashgrove.

Every Sunday in April (except Easter Sunday), Mexico City will be joined onstage by some of their favourite songwriters and musicians to perform in the wood-panelled surrounds of the Junk Bar’s Skukum Lounge.

The four-piece will be playing songs from their entire back catalogue, including 2016’s When The Day Goes Dark, which The Music described in its four-and-half star review as “thoughtful Australicana…[i]t’s the music of a faded weatherboard Queenslander, in the kind of inner-suburb street that hasn’t been gentrified yet”.

As well as old favourites and a few choice covers, the band will be debuting and road testing a host of new songs, ahead of recording their fourth album. This is your chance to hear the new songs for the first time and watch them take flight.

Tickets for each show are $10 and available from Oztix (link to come). Special album bundles are also available ($25 with CD or $30 with vinyl).

Doors open at 6pm and tickets are strictly limited. For more details see below or go to http://www.thejunkbar.com.au

Sunday 2 April

Supporting Rich Davies and the Low Road (Melb)

Sunday 9 April

Ben Ely (Regurgitator, Mexico City) in support

Sunday 16 April

Closed for Easter

Sunday 23 April

Zac Gunthorpe in support

Sunday 30 April

Hillsborough in support

Band bios

Mexico City

When The Day Goes Dark reconfirms Mexico City’s status as one of Australia’s best-kept secrets. Whether it’s the bittersweet trawl through Brisbane’s west of ‘Rosewood Line’, the punch-in-the-guts storytelling of ‘Easy Grace’ or the suburban malaise of the title track, the lyrics hit harder than ever before. But when the mood suits, Mexico City can still conjure up a racket. Take lead single ‘Down At The Beach’, which use a mutant surf guitar/roadhouse blues to retell the 2005 Cronulla riots; or ‘Shadow Of A Doubt’, which drops a feverish end-times vision over a tub-thumping piano stomp. For further details go to https://www.facebook.com/Mexicocityband/

Rich Davies and the Low Road

“A rousing and visceral foot-stomping contemporary folk attack” – Mick Thomas, Weddings Parties Anything.
Renowned for his captivating live shows and ‘superbly crafted songs dragged up from the depths of the soul’, award-winning singer-songwriter Rich Davies is gaining a reputation as one of Melbourne’s most authentic and engaging artists. With a poet’s heart and a rocker’s soul, Davies spent his formative years in the folk clubs of Scotland, steeped in the ethos and traditions of the genre. For more information go to http://richdaviesmusic.com/

Ben Ely

Ben Ely is a Brisbane institution having played in bands for 25-plus years. From the earlier Huxley Family through Pangaea to the long-lived Regurgitator and many more, including Brisbane’s Mexico City. In 2015 Ben released his debut solo album, the stellar Goodbye Machine. Recorded over three days by the Junk Bar’s Jamie Trevaskis straight to two-inch tape, it’s a stark but beautiful collection of soulful ruminations about the world we inhabit. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/benzahbo/

Zac Gunthorpe

Zac Gunthorpe has progressed in leaps and bounds since the release of his Long Lost Love Lies EP in 2012. His latest album, Glory Bound was recorded live in producer Andrew Morris’s studio at the Church Farm in Northern NSW. Gunthorpe called on members of some of his favourite bands to back him, enlisting members of The Wilson Pickers, The Gin Club, Mexico City and The Living End to flesh out his artfully crafted compositions. For more details go to http://www.zacgunthorpe.com

Hillsborough

There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to stand alone and stare the world squarely in the eyes; whether he’s ready or not. It sure helps if he is holding a good-looking guitar and even better if he has a mic stand he can swing if things turn ugly. Phil Usher steps out from fronting Brisbane bands Grand Atlantic and the Sacred Shrines to play his sad cowboy tunes with a revolving collective of his friends. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/hillsboroughmusic/

MAY 2017

Friday 19th

THE TALL GRASS ( PETER FENTON/JAMIE HUTCHINGS)

THE TALL GRASS ( PETER FENTON/JAMIE HUTCHINGS) at The Junk Bar

The Tall Grass is a collaboration between Sydney based singer/songwriters Peter Fenton (Crow) and Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss/Infinity Broke).

Both members rack up a very impressive and long history in the Australian independent music scene.

Peter Fenton is the charismatic frontman for Sydney legends Crow – a band with a formidable underground reputation and a catalogue of four outstanding albums. Fenton has also released a solo album, In The Lovers Arms, and worked regularly as an actor both in stage and in film.

Jamie Hutchings was the frontman for the equally iconic Bluebottle Kiss. The group released six albums and cemented themselves as one of Sydney’s
great cult acts. He has released a number of solo albums, worked as a producer and currently fronts experimental rock group Infinity Broke.

The duo are a potent and beguiling proposition, taking traditional songwriting forms and twisting them into one -off shapes that both spook and move the listener.

Their debut album, Down That Unmarked Road, saw the duo leave their regular Sydney environs to instead take up temporary residence in Melbourne producer and engineer Richard Andrew’s (Underground Lovers, Registered Nurse etc) Pharmacy studios. Many of the songs are co-sung, often into a single microphone with much of the random accompanying instrumentation also being provided by the pair. Special guests on the album also include Jesse Locke, Laura-Jean, Richard Andrew and Jerry Craib.

 

Don’t miss this very special collaboration as they launch their album in duo mode at The Junk Bar Friday May 19th.

http://www.facebook.com/TheTallGrassMusic

JUNE 2017

Saturday 3rd

JOHN KENNEDY ALBUM LAUNCH w/RIVER HILLS

JOHN KENNEDY ALBUM LAUNCH w/RIVER HILLS at The Junk Bar

John Kennedy started his music career in Brisbane in the 1980’s with his
first band JFK and the Cuban Crisis. With his new release on the Popboomerang label, titled “JFK and the Midlife Crisis”, John comes full circle, creating a concept album that relates the story of a mature musician reflecting on a life lived to an independent music soundtrack. The narrator of the songs looks back in equal parts with fondness and regret, over the life of a musician negotiating the twists and turns of love, loss, marriage, divorce, family and friends. New songs, From St Peters To Kings Cross and Strawberry Hills Forever continue John’s love affair with Sydney’s Inner West suburbs.

The band “John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special” features ex-Wiggle, Murray
Cook on guitar and former Pop Mechanics’ leader, Paul Scott on bass. The
band will perform some of John’s urban and western hits along with a selection of songs from the new album.

Together with Brisbane’s own River Heads, John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback
Special will create a night of memorable music taking people on their own
independent music journey.

Saturday 10th

TAASHA COATES (THE AUDREYS)

TAASHA COATES (THE AUDREYS) at The Junk Bar

Taasha Coates, front woman from much loved and multi ARIA winning folk duo The Audreys, released her debut solo album late last year, Taasha Coates and her Melancholy Sweethearts. Working with fellow singer-songwriter and producer Shane Nicholson, Taasha found herself going a little more country and a whole lot more personal. Come and see her perform all the tunes from the album with her trademark sassiness and style.

http://www.taashacoates.com.au/

Taasha Coates on FACEBOOK

Lay Me Down: Rockwiz

Neil Young’s Comes a Time: Rockwiz w/ Pete Murray

Thursday 29th

JO JO SMITH w/ LUCIE THORNE & HAMISH STUART

JO JO SMITH w/ LUCIE THORNE & HAMISH STUART at The Junk Bar

JO JO SMITH celebrates her 50th year as a performing musician! with very special guests LUCIE THORNE & HAMISH STUART

JO JO SMITH is one of Australia’s greatest musical treasures, a sexagenarian pocket-rocket, soul-singing, groove-driving tour de force and 2017 marks her 50th year in the biz. To celebrate this extraordinary, generous life of music-making, Jo Jo is hitting the road with her dear friends and musical comrades LUCIE THORNE & HAMISH STUART, playing dozens of their favourite intimate venues across the land – including The Junk Bar on Thursday 29th June.

A radical exponent of the power of love and music – and certainly under-known given all the heavyweights from across the decades and genres whom she’s worked with and influenced – Jo Jo Smith has a somewhat cult status, deeply revered by fans and peers alike. As Thorne puts it, “I sure don’t know any half-arsed Jo Jo fans. You’ve either experienced the joy and wonder that is being in the same room as this woman singing and playing, or…you haven’t heard her yet!”

Lucie Thorne & Jo Jo Smith first met nearly a decade ago, and became fast friends and huge fans of each other’s work. Lucie has been recording and touring in a sensational duo collaboration with legendary drummer Hamish Stuart for nearly a decade too, quietly carving out their singularly poetic spacious sound. Jo Jo and Hamish have worked together numerous times throughout the past 30 years.  The undeniable creative camaraderie and chemistry between all three artists will underpin the live format of the tour featuring Smith, Thorne and Stuart in various combinations. This tour brings together three  of our country’s finest talents for a series of unmissable, powerful, joyful, intimate concerts that are bound to be the stuff of more legendary stories in Jo Jo Smith’s full musical life.

“Jo Jo Smith drops jaws and melts hearts with every performance” Colin Thompson, Bendigo Blues Festival Director

“I’ve been lucky enough to grow up with Jo Jo’s music. But I do remember a specific moment at an intimate show when it hit me how brilliant she was. There was this deft capturing of the crowd with her rich vocals, they flowed over us almost visibly (like amber, like honey, like the love light she sings about!) Then prickles of joy. I realised I was in the presence of a master. And boy did it feel good” Ella Hooper

“Jo Jo has been an inspiration to myself and many other musicians in Australia for many years” Renee Geyer

“Jo Jo Smith is a true soul singer. She sings soul music. She sings with and through her soul. Smith has a mighty weapon in her voice, she reserves its power striking only when necessary” Marty Jones, Rhythms Magazine

“Thorne writes some of the most simple and beautiful songs you will hear” **** The Age

www.jojosmithsoul.com

www.luciethorne.com

JULY

Saturday 15th

BEN SALTER- "BACK YOURSELF" ALBUM PREVIEW & OLD FAVS.

BEN SALTER-

Brisbane’s eleventh favourite periodical prerogidal son Ben Salter is making one of his biannual visits to the smallest and best boozer in Brisbane, The Junk Bar, to ostensibly do a special acoustic preview of his new album “Back Yourself”. However he’ll probably just play the usual mix of songs from his first two albums, some Gin Club songs, and some cover versions of songs he heard in video game soundtracks.

Back Yourself is Ben’s third full length album. Recorded over three months in the wilds of Tasmania’s Huon Valley, Back Yourself was written almost entirely on the spot, in the studio. It has stadium rock bangers, positive self image anthems and semi-spoken word blathant garde ‘experimental’ pieces (album filler). It’s Salter’s most audacious folly yet and is sure to fail to win him the mainstream audience and acceptance he has so artfully evaded for the past twenty years. It will most likely be released in some sort of odd format (a book? a magazine? a cassette?) alongside a fairly conventional one (a vinyl? a CD?) in an effort to garnish more inneress. A very special support will be announced very soon. The price of tickets has been jacked up since last time, by $5, to reflect Ben’s increasingly ravenous appetite for food. He’s going to play for a good hour and half though. See you there, South-East Queensland!

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