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Gigs at The Labour In Vain

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  • Sat



    The MLB’s formed in 2008, and they perform depression-era show-tunes for the new global recession, providing an emancipation procession against emotional oppression, whilst proving that not much has changed, that nothing ever really changes, and it’d still be nice if we all had a bit more spare change. Initially conceived as a side project for drunken-pirate-convict-rock maniacs Clinkerfield - to showcase their sensitive side - the MLB’s have evolved into a host of musicians from Clinkerfield, Redfish Bluegrass, Leitchfield Hall-Stars, Tasmania, and beyond. Featuring a swirl of banjos (Andrew Alves), fiddles (Greg Field & Jason Bunn), mandos (Danny Walsh), bass (Matt Quinn) and acoustic guitars (Warwick Dunn), and a chorus of full-blown boys singing along to the rambunctious rambling of ringleader Jimmy Stewart – “a man too young to already be a Melbourne institution” (so says Chris Russell) and too slippery to yet be institutionalised (but, in fact, he has been both of these things at one time or another) – it be a bitchin whinin groanin labourious cacophonious ordeal, and no-one gets paid enough, and misery just LOVES company! The Miserable Little Bastards debut album “Misery Loves Company” will make YOU very happy, and is due out on 12″ vinyl sometime in the future, or when things start looking up… whichever happens first.

  • Sun

    The Terry McCarthy Special


  • Fri

    Trouble Peach Double Single Launch w/ Closet Straights


    TROUBLE PEACH is a new project featuring Dan, Bez and Cat formerly of the Toot Toot Toots/Twin Beasts. They are currently recording their debut album, a tribute to Neutral Milk Hotel sung in Spanish. They have also recorded a couple of new original tracks. They'll celebrate the release of a few of these songs at the Labour in Vain on June 9th with mates Closet Straights.

We ❤️‍ Live Music

As anyone who has ever visited the Labour In Vain knows, music is pretty much baked into every fibre of the joint.

Proud supporters of live and local music, we are members of Music Victoria and long-time sponsors of community radio stations RRR and pbsFM.

Almost all our gigs (excluding a couple of special events a year) are FREE ENTRY so you’ve got NO EXCUSE NOT TO  get out and be blown away by live local music.

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