You Am I, Gareth Liddiard, Clowns and New War
You Am I at Melbourne Music Week makes so much sense, that we’re surprised it’s only now happening for the first time. After all, both are seasoned Australian musical institutions, and YAI’s rollicking, decades-sharpened live show deserves the grandiose backdrop of Melbourne Town Hall.
The Sydney veterans will get to let rip on The Grand Organ, which dates back to 1929. Refurbished in 2001, the centrepiece instrument spans three levels and uses 90,000 cubic feet of air per minute. Imagine the lilting keyboard hum of Purple Sneakers transposed to The Grand Organ, or the jaunty piano accents of Soldiers.
There’s a solo turn from Gareth Liddiard, who recently put The Drones on hold to commit to the nightmare vividness of Tropical Fuck Storm. Before that, rocket-powered Melbourne punks Clowns, who will almost certainly end up climbing and clambering into the crowd. And get there early enough for New War, scathing post-punk sages who have supported Wire and Gang of Four locally.
Starts at 7pm.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Melbourne Music Week.