This year’s Melbourne Music Week program features 75 per cent local artists and still only just skims the surface of the talent we have here. Over the next eight days, Melbourne will be crawling with live shows (many of them free) both above and below ground. Check out the mysterious former Royal Women’s Hospital in Carlton, which has been transformed into the flagship venue and MMW hub.
Here are five MMW shows that feature the city’s best up-and-comers.
Mesa Cosa (with The Mighty Boys, Lazertits, Shrimpwitch and Wet Lips
It’s not every day you get to see five top garage-punk bands in North Melbourne’s loveable dive bar for free. The Public Bar event is one of the more chaotic on the program. Headliner Mesa Cosa is living proof that punk isn’t now just a hazy aesthetic. The band has become notorious for its genuinely unhinged and unpredictable performances. Singer and guitarist, Pablo Alvarado, says: “All the bands that are playing [in this event] are like the misfits and the scallywags. We just want to be purely entertaining, to allow people to get caught up in the excitement.”
Thursday November 19, 7.30pm–7.30am
Banoffee (with I’lls and Kllo)
Banoffee has gone from strength to strength since the release of her second EP, Do I Make You Nervous? The Melbourne artist is known for her dark lyricism, R’n’B sounds and pop sensibilities. Innovative electronic groups, I’lls (two-piece version) and Kllo will join Banoffee, along with dancers and an accompanying light show.
Tuesday November 17, 7pm–12am
$25 plus booking fee
Terrible Truths (with Miss Destiny, Empat Lima and Major Leagues)
Influenced by bands such as Bikini Kill, Pylon and Delta 5, Terrible Truths is known for its short and effective DIY post-punk sound. With vocal bursts and tightly delayed guitar lines, the three-piece creates a nostalgia for small, dark, ’80s venues and black lights. Glam-hard rockers Miss Destiny, garage-pop favourites Empat Lima and jangly-surf outfit, Major Leagues, will join the headliners at the Max Watts venue.
Thursday November 19, 7pm–1am
Interwoven – Performance
Find the Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo and enter a strange world of music, art and design. Interwoven is a collaborative event that will take you through a series of connected and dreamlike soundscapes. Pulled together by Elle Graham (better known as the producer and singer, Woodes), it will be a mosaic of electronic music and acoustic sampling by some of Melbourne’s top emerging female artists, including Eliza Hull, Ella Thompson, Tash Parker, Sui Zhen and Woodes. Here’s a playlist to show you what to expect.
Tuesday November 17, 7.30pm–11pm
$25 plus booking fee
Fractures (with Totally Mild and Crepes)
Fractures, otherwise known as Mark Zito, reached a wide audience online with the brooding, evocative track Twisted, and his self-titled release. Contrary to expectations, Zito is performing his haunting and melodic brand of electronic pop with a full band. He says: “It’s a live rendition of what you hear on the record. I try to convey the essence of the release with actual instruments.” Supports include Totally Mild, which made waves this year following the release of the acclaimed album, Down Time, and breezy-pop outfit, Crepes. See this show for free at 1000 ₤ BEND.
Thursday November 19, 7pm–12am
Melbourne Music Week runs from November 13 to 20 at various locations around the city. Check the official MMW program for more events.