Looking for a way to combine your love of rock 'n' roll, spiced rum and questionable mid-week party habits?
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Give us the rundown of Punk Ass Kids.
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Last week you launched 'The Local Hour', how does this differ from the usual PAK?
TLH is a new initiative we set up so that we could utilize our resources at each PAK better each fortnight. I’m always trying to come up with ideas to strengthen the live music “scene” here. Since we can’t have every band ever up on stage, I thought it’d be cool to have Adelaide bands tunes playing on the rooftop where people can sit and listen while catching up with mates in a quieter setting than the band room. The playlists are added to our new website so when someone’s hearing something that they’re into, they can jump online and get the band’s name and song name. It works well for the bands as it means they might score some new followers.
Best of all, it’s free! We don’t charge anyone for the privilege to have their own song played in an establishment, it’s all in the name of goodwill and support. Hopefully there will come a time where we’re inundated with bands sending their tracks to us that we’ll need more than an hour to play it all!
How can local bands get involved? Email high quality mp3’s to our editor/curator Sam Szabo to get featured: firstname.lastname@example.org
PAK is unique in the way it runs fortnightly and on Wednesday night. Do you think Adelaide's music scene is ready for more mid-week club/band nights?
It wasn’t exactly intentional that PAK was set on Wednesday nights, (it was the only night we could have it at the venue when it started) but I now think it’s the perfect night for PAK. Having it mid-week means that the people who come are either serious about partying or serious about live music. It’s the no bullshit kind of night of the week y’know? We skip all the stragglers who would often pass through on a Friday or a Saturday just looking for a place to get their drink on without truly appreciating PAK for what it is. As for more mid-week clubs/live music events, I think as long as it’s a quality event with pure intention on the promoter’s part, there should be no reason why live music go-ers of our city wouldn’t support it, regardless of what night of the week it is. People are looking for something to be a part of, a place to go where they feel good, in the words of Jim Morrison’s character in Wayne’s World 2 “put on a rock concert, and they will come”.
What bands would feature on your ultimate Local Hour playlist?
Every single rock’n’roll band Adelaide has to offer. We’re a hub for the live and local scene here and we want as many bands on board with us as possible. Getting their track on the playlist upstairs for punters to hear is just as exciting for them as it is for us, cos we love helping them out.
Any Adelaide bands you recommend we keep an eye on?
Too many to list! I can’t ever go past Jungle City, those guys melt my face every damn time I see them. Big fan of Grenadiers, Young Offenders are fantastic live and I’m recently digging tunes by Tork and Crypt.
Any other tricks up your sleeve for PAK, or other Adelaide music projects? Always. This brain of mine doesn’t stop. I will expand on PAK and other ideas as much as I can.