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S.L.A.M. is Save Live Australias Music, a non-politically aligned, independent entity made up of musicians and music-lovers.
In a bid to address street violence Liquor Licensing Victoria (LLV) has introduced sweeping changes with unintended consequences for the local music scene.
LLV should admit its mistake and make simple changes immediately, acknowledging that there is no link between live music and high risk. The Tote is gone, whos next?
On 23 February, coinciding with the 34th anniversary of AC/DCs famous Its A Long Way To The Top film clip shoot down Swanston Street, S.L.A.M. is protesting in support and celebration of Victorias music scene, where new liquor licensing laws threaten to pull the plug on live music.
Managed to catch support Bad Orchestra(pictured above), but missed out on Celery. Very pleased to catch this band, plenty of guitar, taking you somewhere, with some great female vocals thrown in. Bad Orchestra is a band I would definitely see again and look forward to listening to an album, very dreamy. Spoke to two of the members of the band on the street and they said they had only been together for 6 months, but I thought that they were much tighter than a new act and seemed a little bit more together had some sort of direction, compared to alot of new acts.
Probably the best part of Hugo Race and The True Spirit was the trombone/percussionist Michelangelo Russo (on the left of the picture). He was doing thing with a trumpet/trombone/harb/knobs on that thing that if never seen before. If you like your Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, you'll probably get into this.
One thing I didn't get about Yah Yah's this night was the crowd, felt like alot of the crowd weren't meant to be there, and may of been more comfortable in a club or bar on Chapel Street.
Breadmakers above were a good band that suited the Yah Yah's crate diggers event, nice and dirty 60's garage rock. I went around 3pm, and Yah Yah's was packed with people digging through records, so packed I couldn't get in to have a look, hopefully they'll do this again.
Even though this is not the best picture, I like the guy on the right rocking out.