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2017

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  • Mon
    02
    Jan
    2017

    The Three Kings

    5pm

    Melbourne blues super group, Three Kings brings together a trio of this country’s most dedicated, authentic blues artists, with down and dirty, totally inspiring results.

    Officially formed in 2011 by Ian Collard (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Benny Peters (vocals and guitar), and Jason Liu Soon (drums), Three Kings’ self titled debut album took out the award for best blues CD in The Age Victorian music awards only a fortnight after release. The album entered the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Chart at number two before shooting up to first place.Their 2nd “Here It Is” released in 2015 followed suit receiving rave reviews.

    Three Kings’ hard-hitting, greasy blues style takes you on a dangerous joy ride through the back roads and juke joints of American music history, combining the sounds of artists like Kid Thomas, John Lee Hooker, Slim Harpo and Jerry McCain with their own original spin.

    Collard and Peters are well known for their own combos, Collard Greens and Gravy and Benny and the Fly By Niters, as well as other line-ups and both have played to appreciative USA and European audiences. Liu Soon has supplied the beats for Chris Wilson and The Detonators. Together the tight knit trio rocks hard and blue.

  • Sat
    07
    Jan
    2017

    David James Garnham

    8PM

     

    Country tinged ballads about booze and women, fueled by isolation and self loathing

  • Sun
    08
    Jan
    2017

    Bakersfield Glee Club

    5pm

    Back when Buck Owens was a boy in Texas and before Merle Haggard’s family moved from Oklahoma you might wonder what went on in Bakersfield, California. But for decades from the 1950s it was a boom-town. Not just because of the oil or the fertile soils of the San Joaquin Valley, but because a sound was fashioned in the hands of Buck, Merle, Tommy Collins, Wynn Stewart and other émigrés from around the USA that has become synonymous with stripped back and hard country.
    The Bakersfield Glee Club draws members from as far as Gippsland to Glen Waverley and backgrounds ranging from prog- rock to bluegrass – each inspired by this straight up style that has endured since the middle of the last century and today is one of few country-genres that is still unmistakably country. And like all good glee clubs their repertoire is diverse enough to include classics from town they draw their name, western swing, honky- tonk and an occasional jazz standard.
    The formula is as old, tried and true. The line-up has everything they need and you want to hear – driving rhythm, soaring fiddle and pedal steel that will make you cry in your beer. Perhaps most importantly, over a number of years in Melbourne bars and other places, The Bakersfield Glee Club has paid their dues, gathering a following amongst the country hard core, the two-steppers and general roots-music fans.
    Darren Maxfield – Vocals/Guitars, Greg Field – Fiddle/Vocals Seamus O’Sullivan – Pedal Steel, Justin Rudge – Bass Simon Edwards – Drums

  • Sat
    14
    Jan
    2017

    Cut the Kite Strings, Sex Pills, Deep Scene

    8PM

     

    Saturday 14th Jan @ The Labour In Vain, Fitzroy
    - Sit at the front bar from 8pm and heckle the bands from close quarters

    Cut The Kite String - https://soundcloud.com/cut-the-kite-string

    Sex Pills - https://www.facebook.com/sexpills4eva/

    Deep Scene - https://www.facebook.com/deepsceneband/

  • Sun
    15
    Jan
    2017

    Glorious North

    5pm

    The Glorious North is a country rock band from Melbourne Australia. Their debut album, 'Welcome to the Glorious North' invites you into a whiskey-stained world of lost loves, loaded Lugers and booze-addled broken hearts.

    Early Paul Kelly, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Wilco are some of the influences you will hear echoing through 'Welcome to The Glorious North', creating a sound that is supercharged country pop. Lyrics to lead you into the beautiful darkness tell tales of small bars in the small hours and the sordid sins of lost and lonesome souls.

    'Welcome to The Glorious North' adds to a lineage that runs from Hank Williams to Nick Cave and it's sure to make you want to cry, cheer and puke into your Stetson ... possibly all at the same time.

  • Fri
    20
    Jan
    2017

    Not All Men / Do Good

    8PM
  • Sun
    22
    Jan
    2017

    The Pheasant Pluckers

    5pm

    We five Pluckers got in a circle around good microphones and played our songs. This is our fifth album in 13 years, our first in 5, and our first that is 100% self-penned.

    But what you will hear in this recording is the enjoyment of the Pheasant Pluckers in playing their music, the fun, the warmth, the sound. It took some cooking. A lot of time (years for some tracks) has gone into Cookin’ Oil’s writing, arrangement and production.

    Matt juggled his singing and guitar with engineering and production. Keith played percussion, harmonica and sang his guts out all weekend. Dan was very happy in his chair and delivered sweet guitar lines for the two days. Peter not only played great banjo & some dobro, but was our professor of harmonies too. Rod played rock-solid bass, thought we’d lost him when he went red singing paint-stripper high harmony, but he came down OK.

    Thanks to the generosity of Paul Cumming, Moana Kerr and Brian Fitzgerald, Dan and Matt played guitars far superior to their stage instruments, Gibsons and Martins mainly, all country approved. Thanks to Bron Burton and her two clones for the backing vocals on Under the Water. Thanks also to Tony Hargreaves for the accordion on The Daze.

  • Wed
    25
    Jan
    2017

    Cold Irons Bound and Queensland

    8PM

     

    COLD IRON BOUND
    The band honed their set on Melbourne’s stages for a couple of years, then hit Captain B Studios with Brooke Penrose (Saint Jude) in 2015.

    The resulting album is full of three-part harmonies, twin guitar leads, and tunes that quickly start to follow you around.

    Although antipodean to their bootstraps, their tales of broken suburban dreams share a haunted sensibility with those made infamous by acts from the American Midwest and northern UK.

    But it ain't all death 'n' taxes.

    Cold Irons Bound’s songs are also about wrapping your arms around a friend you haven't seen in way too long.

    They’re about getting older, getting over it, and never forgetting why you fell in love with rock'n'roll in the first place.
    QUEENSLAND
    Melodic soulful guitar pop jams from Central Victoria

    Queensland is the brand new band from Mikey Madden (The Vandas, Gruntbucket) and features these superstars:
    Ryan Mccarthy (St Jude, Dynamo)
    Chris Roberts (The Wardens, The Legs)
    Sam Fiddian (Cold Irons Bound, Downhills Home).

    Taking cues from the sounds of Tom Petty, Crazy Horse and Big Star, Queensland forge their own sound through infectious pop hooks and killer guitar workouts.
  • Sat
    28
    Jan
    2017

    Don Morrison's Raging Thirst

    8PM
    Songwriter, singer, guitarist and guitar maker Don Morrison has shared the stage with many of the biggest names in Australian music like Midnight Oil, Hunters and Collectors, Billy Thorpe, Joe Camilleri, Australian Crawl, Men At Work, Stephen Cummings, Ross Wilson and a hundred more in more than thirty years in music game.
    He has worked with Bo Diddley, Joe Cocker, Rodriguez and even Billy Ray Cyrus, he was brave enough to stand next to Shakin’ Stephens in a urinal and nearly killed by Willie Nelson in Austin, Texas.
    He’s done gigs from Bridgetown to Byron Bay, from Sydney to San Antonio and released a dozen CDs of mostly original songs under his own name and that of his many bands such as The Bodgies, Raging Thirst, The Elmores, The Lonely Cosmonauts, Prawnhead and The Rank Outsiders.
    He’s written all about it in a rollicking autobiography “This Could Be Big”
    He might not be as young and pretty as he once was but he’s not done yet. Dubbed the Larrikin Troubadour Laureate of Adelaide, Don is playing, singing and writing songs better than ever. The sense of humour that has seen him through the hardest times in a notoriously brutal industry still shines through in his songs and performances. He makes his own world renown Donmo resonator guitars, writes his own songs and sings them himself.
  • Sun
    29
    Jan
    2017

    JVG Guitar Method

    5pm

    The JVG Guitar Method is the product of JVG from RRR, Mark Ferrie from the RocKwiz Orkestra, Ash Davies from drum heaven and Dale Lindrea from bass hell.
  • Thu
    02
    Feb
    2017

    Nedwellyn with Jimmy Stewart

    8PM

     

    Neddwellyn (Fantis Atlantis) will be sidestroking his way across your street towards the Labour in Vain every Thursday night in Feb to perform his devotional lo-fi dream-pop meanderings, ahead of tours to New Zealand (Mar) and Japan (May). 

    Neddwellyn’s music has circumnavigated its way around the globe via MTV, New York Fashion Week, short & feature films, and radio waves in the US, EU & NZ. With Wellyn, a tune about his friend’s shoe collection was named ‘Australian Single of the Year’ by Beat Magazine; with The Night Terrors he was commissioned by the City of Melbourne to compose for the The Great Organ (Melbourne Town Hall) for Melbourne Music Week; and his piano works were performed live for the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art’s New 14 exhibition. 

    “With a genuine will for joy; the memory of happiness and the crippling possibilities of hope... everything hangs together beautifully” 

    - Simone Ubaldi, Beat Magazine

    Joining him first up on Feb 2 will be Jimmy Stewart (Clinkerfield, Miserable Little Bastards). Fantis Atlantis’ debut ep, LAPS, will be available through Banished Music via Spotify & iTunes on March 1!

  • Sat
    04
    Feb
    2017

    Kim Salmon's Saturday Residency

    8PM

    The first week of my Feb res at the FAB LIV! each week I'll have a different combo to play a different chunk of my catalogue each week of February and first week up is the KSPPT! featuring the wonderful Loretta Wilde on Bass and BVs and the marvelous Mike Stranges on BVs, Drums and Percs!

  • Sun
    05
    Feb
    2017

    Hana & Jessie-Lee with Small Town Romance

    5pm

     
     

    Hana & Jessie-Lee's Bad Habits- 'Maryses' single launch

    Hana and Jessie-Lee are a twangin' alt-country/soul band hailing from the brewhouse back streets of West Adelaide. Hana's soulful vocals, belting raspy ballads and hook melodies, combined with Jessie's monster guitar chops will leave you humming those lead lines well after one of their engaging live shows. 

    After the demise of their short lived honky tonk band, The Sloe Ruin, the pair released a double A-side single, two tracks in late 2015, recorded with good friend Dave Sharpe with mastering by Matthew Roberts in Richmond VA, USA. The two continued to play shows as a duo in Adelaide and Melbourne, supporting various touring artists such as Sam Outlaw (USA), Eilen Jewell (USA), Henry Wagons, Ruby Boots, and recently played with a full band at The Silver Raven Festival alongside American country legend and Grammy award winner, Jason Isbell. 

    In June 2016 the duo recorded a full length album in Melbourne with Graveyard Train front man Nick Finch, who also co-wrote on all 10 tracks, along with a full band of some of the city's finest musicians. Their on-stage presence, chemistry and musicianship has continued to draw in fans and followers wherever they go; it's obvious that they enjoy sharing a stage together, and more recently have started playing as a full band to expand their sound.

    The first single 'Maryses to Pieces' is set to be launched at the Labour in Vain with local favourites Small Town Romance supporting. The album 'Southlands' is due for release in April 2017 followed by a 10 date Australian east coast tour.

  • Fri
    10
    Feb
    2017

    The Bitter Darlings with Jackson Reid Briggs and Kate Alexander

    8PM

    South Aussi heavyweights of Pub Rock Soul The Bitter Darlings, make their Melborune debut as they launch debut release 'Stuart Highway', withJackson Reid Briggs & The Heaters and Kate Alexander.

    The Bitter Darlings are an intriguing blend of iconic Australian rock with the subtleties of acts like The Triffids and Townes Van Zandt to the melchanoly power of Magnolia Electric Co, with a provocative and fiery live perfomance that provokes a golden era of Australian music. The Darlings have spent the last year carving there way into the grit of every pub in Adelaide, supporting such celebrated acts The Kill Devil Hills, Lost ragas, Taasha Coates and local boys West Thebarton Brothel Party.

    Stuart Highway' provokes a feeling of time, through layers of visceral imagery and iconic sounds. Stuart Highway is a collection of songs capturing the feelings of vast landscapes, long road's to the relentless feelings of pain, love and loss.
    Stuart Highway- available January 16 via YEWTH magazine.

    For Melbourne goers, both Jackson Reid Briggs & The Heaters and Kate Alexander are fiery household names, sure to leave you with a drink spilt.

    The Bitter Darlings
    with Kate Alexander & Jackson Reid Briggs & The Heaters
    Febuary 10
    7:30
    The Labour In Vain

  • Sat
    11
    Feb
    2017

    Kim Salmon's Saturday Residency

    8PM

    For this second week of my LIV residency in Feb I shall don the labcoat and tell tales about my former bandmates the Scientists - as well as perform some of their experiments....er songs. I'll explain the JB sonwriting method, the Sujdovic theory of everything, I'll be telling about the song Dave Faulkner tried to disown but couldn't. I'll talk about Tony Thewlis Human Jukebox Dream. You'll hear the songs from Cheap and Nasty to Human Jukebox and a whole lot in between!

  • Sun
    12
    Feb
    2017

    Holy Moses Heartache

    5pm

     

    Folk & everything in-between...
  • Sat
    18
    Feb
    2017

    Kim Salmon's Saturday Residency

    8PM

    For the third week at LIV I'm going to give my vocal chords a break so that you can be mesmerised by the incredible Ron S Peno's valient vocalisations - while I get blisters attempting to pick up a storm! Thats right! The Darling Downs will be making one of our all too rare (we think at any rate) appearances. I reckon we still goddit!

  • Sun
    19
    Feb
    2017

    JOHN DOWLER VANITY PROJECT

    5pm

    While I don’t normally spend much time dwelling on my musical past, two projects, involving the release of songs and performances of mine from the late seventies and early eighties, have served to focus my mind on events and endeavors from thirty years ago and more. The first is the imminent release (October 24) of a CD compilation, “(When The Sun Sets Over) Carlton”, a snapshot of Melbourne’s inner city music scene in the seventies, a scene in which two of my old groups had a peripheral involvement. There is more information concerning this release elsewhere on this site. The second is the proposed release of a live album by the Zimmermen. Recorded at a couple of suburban beer barns in 1984, this should see the light of day sometime in 2015.
    Also, August 2014 was the 40th anniversary of my first band’s inaugural public performance, a commemoration that was seemingly forgotten by everyone, including myself. So, while I’m in a nostalgic, though unsentimental, state of mind, I thought I’d jot down a brief outline of my output thus far. Isn’t that what Facebook pages are for?


    SPARE CHANGE 1974-77



    Formed in Adelaide by five friends at the beginning of 1974, Bob Kretschmer, Chris Langman, Tony Murray, John Wilkinson (later replaced by Graeme Perry) and myself, played our first “gig” in support of the jazz-rock band Ayers Rock at a hotel in Henley Beach in August of that year. With a repertoire consisting of cover versions of songs by the Velvet Underground, the MC5, John Cale, the Flamin’ Groovies and Mott The Hoople, we experimented with writing our own songs so that by the time we moved to Melbourne in August 1975, we had amassed enough original material to fill our live sets.
    In Melbourne, we slotted comfortably into the “Carlton Scene” and soon signed with Champagne Records to release an LP. Recording began in late 1976 with Aztecs legend Gil Matthews producing. I departed the band at the end of 1976 (it’s a long story…) with the album, now called “Lonely Suits”, only half completed. A few months later I was invited back, at what I've always assumed was the record company's insistence, to add my vocals to the instrumental backing tracks. I returned to sing the songs in one afternoon session in March 1977, leaving soon thereafter, bound for Adelaide. I began rehearsing with a new band in June of that year.


    YOUNG MODERN 1977-79


    The new band consisted of Vic Yates and Mike Jones (later replaced by Mark Carroll) on guitars, Andrew Richards on bass and Mark Kohler on drums. Memphis band, Big Star, were my main inspiration for Young Modern, but Vic and Andrew, who wrote most of the music for our songs, remained stubbornly in thrall to the Beatles and the Stones. This cocktail of influences, together with my insistence that we try for “light” sounding guitars, contributed to a sound that was at once unique and yet seemed part of the then fashionable new wave zeitgeist. Our first show took place in November 1977, supporting Radio Birdman at the Unley Town Hall.
    Over the next twelve months we supported virtually every interstate band that came to Adelaide (thanks to Ray Dyett and his Lone Star Circuit) maintained an open ended residency at the Tivoli on Saturday nights, and thanks to some friends in the press (Dennis Atkins and Patrick Miles spring to mind) got more than our fair share of newspaper coverage. We played in Melbourne and recorded a Stephen Cummings produced single while we were there, “She’s Got The Money” b/w “Automatic”. We signed with influential management company “Dirty Pool and moved to Sydney at the beginning of 1979. They had, apparently being considering the Aliens before they finally settled on us. I wonder which group got the better deal?
    There were lots of gigs in Sydney where the hard rockin’ suburban crowds were less than enthralled with our “melodic classicism”, several visits to Melbourne where our efforts garnered an altogether more sympathetic reception and one final show, our 202nd, at Rags in July 1979. I took a job on a factory assembly line and, as soon as I could afford it, moved back to Melbourne. It was December 1979 and my arrival coincided with the release of two LPs : “Lonely Suits” by Spare Change and “Play Faster” by Young Modern.



    THE GLORY BOYS / TALK SHOW



    With Chris Langman, Nick Seymour and John Wilkinson on board, the Glory Boys recorded four demos for Mushroom Records. The session was took place at AAV and Stephen Cummings handled the production chores. Then, with Bob Kretschmer on second guitar, we played two headlining shows at the Crystal Ballroom and Hearts respectively.
    Nick and John left soon thereafter to be replaced by Dave Cahill and Graeme Perry. The new lineup adopted the moniker Talk Show, and thus began six months of intensive rehearsal. Then the band broke up, forever consigning songs with titles like “Pig Fucker” and “Irregardless” to the dustbin of history.
    For the second consecutive December I found myself without a band or any concrete idea as to what would happen next.


    To be continued…

  • Fri
    24
    Feb
    2017

    Five Mile Sniper

    8PM

    With the brand new EP ”Slow Moving Traffic” in tow, Melbourne’s indelible indie rockers, Five Mile Sniper return to the live circuit with a special appearance at the Labor In Vain in Fitzroy on Friday Feb 24. They’ll be performing tracks from their acclaimed 2014 debut "The Sound Of Trees" including a collection of songs from prior bands Prettymess and Magneto all done with ethereal piano, swirling guitars and a wall of harmonies, it will be an evening not be missed.

  • Sat
    25
    Feb
    2017

    Kim Salmon's Saturday Residency

    8PM

    Kim Salmon & The Surrealists

    As a teen Kim Salmon blew his mind on the fusion of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, the stellar freakout of Sun Ra’s ‘Space is the Place’ and the generally unhinged groove of Can’s Ege Bamyasi. They showed him an alternative to just ‘playin the blooze’.


    Then Punk Rock came along!

    The earlier inspirations, however, where not idealistically opposed to the free expression espoused by the punk movement. Some of the freeform freakout fusion can be heard in Kim’s seminal band the Scientists on tracks like Nitro, Revhead and Human Jukebox, in fact most of what the band played throughout the nineteen eighties.
    As that band and decade came to a close Kim resolved to give free reign to that avant garde, jazz, in fact, downright weird streak, on his ‘solo’ venture The Surrealists. Their debut ‘Hit Me with the Surreal Feel’ is soaked in it all! Alas, as the nineties progressed, so did this band into a highly respected but conventional indie rock band. It did much successful touring around Europe, the USA and Australia on its own and with the likes of, U2, The Bad Seeds, Jon Spencer and the Cramps. It’s best known and best selling album was 1993’s Sin Factory.


    With the 2006 reunion of the Surrealists, for the Spanish Azkena Festival, Kim was re-acquainted with the free jazz/noise/ fusion bug and resolved to get the band back together for at least long enough to work through what it started back in the late 1980s.

    Recorded throughout 2008 and 2009 over a series of live sessions, ‘Grand Unifying Theory’ has the band given some framework compositions by Kim. The band - Kim, Stu Thomas and Phil Collings – then takes these ideas to the outer limits of punk/jazz/ thrash freakout!. The results are taken by Kim and producer Mike Stranges and assembled into the most far out music Kim Salmon has been responsible for to date!

  • Sun
    26
    Feb
    2017

    Mitch Dean - Suburban Speakeasy EP Launch

    5pm

     

    Mitch Dean - Suburban Speakeasy EP Launch

    Sunday 26th February - 5pm

    On Mitch Dean’s new EP ‘Suburban Speakeasy’ you can hear the history of roots music, filtered through a decade of song writing and live shows! Mitch’s songs are steeped in imaginative storytelling, the kind that leaves the listener believing he has lived and loved like the characters in his songs. Musically he effortlessly straddles the worlds of acoustic and electric country and folk music – perfectly blending them into what is now considered Americana music.

    An admiration for singular acts such as Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Kevin Bennett (The Flood), Tom Petty, Gary Louris (The Jayhawks) and Neil Young, Mitch draws on this but still keeps it all moving in a direction that is distinctively his own.  After spending 10 years writing, performing and touring as part of the alt-country rock band ‘The Distance’, don't miss Mitch forge his new path with his debut EP launch at the Labour in Vain. 

    www.mitchdean.com.au

  • Fri
    03
    Mar
    2017

    Fantis Atlantis with Tall Shores & Waterfall Person

    8PM

    Fantis Atlantis have the northside covered this week, playing two shows ahead of their upcoming trip to NZ. Neddwellyn Jones (The Night Terrors, Queen’s Head, Antarctica) has teamed up with Isaac Wright & Ash Dennis (The Galaxy Folk, Piggy) along with Levi Franco (Steve Lucas band, Superholics) to bring Fantis Atlantis’ devotional lo-fi dream-pop meanderings to life

    They'll be playing both shows alonside Tall Shores (Melissa Mikletic, Jeremy Mcivor, Isaac Wright, Alan Jones, Michael Lillis), and Waterfall Person will open up the Fri show

  • Sat
    04
    Mar
    2017

    Planet Slayer

    8PM

     

    PLANET ⚡️LAYER
    (POUNDING MUM ROCK REALNESS)

    TIME FOR DREAMS (MYTHICAL,AMBIENT,RITUAL REALNESS)

    Will be teaming up for a labour in Vain front bar show on Saturday 4th of March from 7pm it's free . There will also be subs with is good for the stomach.
    Don't be a circle don't be a square be a star an come down an enjoy with us ....
    ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️

  • Sun
    05
    Mar
    2017

    Sam Reiner & the September Girls

    5pm

    Sam Reiner and the September Girls

    With Support from Van Walker

  • Fri
    10
    Mar
    2017

    The Breadmakers

    8PM

    Hey groovers! ...we are playing a cheeky friday night show at The Labour In Vain
    Two Sets!
    Sophisticated: 8.00 - 8.45
    Scintillating: 9.00 - 9.45

  • Mon
    13
    Mar
    2017

    The Three Kings

    5pm

    Melbourne blues super group, Three Kings brings together a trio of this country’s most dedicated, authentic blues artists, with down and dirty, totally inspiring results.

    Officially formed in 2011 by Ian Collard (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Benny Peters (vocals and guitar), and Jason Liu Soon (drums), Three Kings’ self titled debut album took out the award for best blues CD in The Age Victorian music awards only a fortnight after release. The album entered the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Chart at number two before shooting up to first place.Their 2nd “Here It Is” released in 2015 followed suit receiving rave reviews.

    Three Kings’ hard-hitting, greasy blues style takes you on a dangerous joy ride through the back roads and juke joints of American music history, combining the sounds of artists like Kid Thomas, John Lee Hooker, Slim Harpo and Jerry McCain with their own original spin.

    Collard and Peters are well known for their own combos, Collard Greens and Gravy and Benny and the Fly By Niters, as well as other line-ups and both have played to appreciative USA and European audiences. Liu Soon has supplied the beats for Chris Wilson and The Detonators. Together the tight knit trio rocks hard and blue.

  • Fri
    17
    Mar
    2017

    Broken River

    8PM

    Broken River are local musicians Ben Stolz, Dave Kleynjans, Ryan Adamson, Dave Rogers and Andy Ferguson. The Melbourne-based rock band plays their first live show at the Labour in Vain.

    It’s the first show since Broken River’s debut single release as they launch into a series of live shows around Melbourne. The band’s debut release “l Don’t Want to Know’’ has received a lot of community radio support. The songs are distinctly dark and thoughtful with layered guitars, haunting vocals and big drum sounds that come together to create a huge sound.

  • Sun
    19
    Mar
    2017

    Houndlings

    5pm

    The Houndlings are a Melbourne-based, female-fronted blues band with a setlist full of the greats - Etta, Elvis, Tina, Tom, Ruth, Ray and Wanda. Their line-up includes Anthony Shortte (Collard, Greens and Gravy) on drums, Michelle Brisbane on Guitar, Kate Clarke on bass and Georgie Ross and Chloe Walker on vocals.

  • Thu
    23
    Mar
    2017

    Van Walker & Special Guest

    8PM

    Van Walker returns to the Labor In Vain for two shows this month, fresh from a recent six month sabbatical while recording a new solo album with local legend and disturbed folk pioneer Jeff Lang. Catch him the last two Thursdays in March, 23 & 30, performing new (and old) material with a very special guest

  • Fri
    24
    Mar
    2017

    The Tropes and Killerbirds

    8PM

    THE TROPES bring their power pop machine to The Labour in Vain with support from rock royalty KILLERBIRDS.

    The Labour in Vain is a great place to drink. THE TROPES and KILLERBIRDS play straight up, catchy as fuck bangers that burst at the seams with melodic vocal hooks and explosive guitar riffs which is great. It's also free which is great. It's going to be great fun.

    It's worth noting that i used to watch KILLERBIRDS a number of years ago and i can say that they were a large part of the reason that i started my own bands. It's also my birthday two days before this show so y'know come and have a drink with me ya bastards.

  • Sat
    25
    Mar
    2017

    Harvey Cartel

    8PM

    Drawing from such bad-assery as razor blades, guns, and the desert, The Harvey Cartel provide the kind of slick, moody soundtrack of blues, R&B and rock n roll suited to any Tarantino flick.

    Formed in early 2013, The Harvey Cartel squeeze fresh juice out of old limes, zesting up familiar and not-so-familiar tunes with bassist Owen Downie, guitarist Todd Beeby and drummer Darren Seknow.

    The Harvey Cartel punch through a jukebox of river crossings, dodgy back alleys and sketchy plane rides to deliver the goods to get you hopped up. The songs you know, you've never heard like this before. And the songs you don't, you'll want to hear again.
     
     
  • Sun
    26
    Mar
    2017

    BACKWOOD CREATURES

    5pm

    Backwood Creatures is a Melbourne-based swamp-blues act that boast a loving local following, and a live show not to be missed.

    Spearheaded by Jeb Cardwell, the energetic trio harks back to the glory days when guitar-driven rock and rich vocals were king. When these guys get going, musicianship, charisma and impossibly slick fingerwork leave crowds transfixed.

    Twice named SA guitarist of the year, Jeb Cardwell is a live performance veteran. In the 20-odd years he’s been behind the axe, Jeb has toured Australia and over seas opening for artists such as Tony Joe White, Steve Earle & The Punch Brothers. Most recently Jeb recorded and toured nationally with Aria award winners Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson for their latest album release, ‘Wreck & Ruin’. An accomplished songwriter, Jeb has previously taken out the American BMI songwriting competition, and has been described by ABC Music as “a mean guitarist who plays like he just walked out of Austin, Texas.”

    Bassist Grant Cummerford is hailed as one of Australia’s best blues-and-roots bass players. Throughout his many years thumping the strings, Grant has played alongside Jeff Lang, Chris Whitley, Xavier Rudd, Mia Dyson, The Audreys, Kevin Borich, Chain and Ash Grunwald. Onstage, he can be sprung giving his bandmates the occasional grin before getting down to business.

    A sight to see in full flight, Tim Burnham is one of Melbourne’s most entertaining drummers. For over 10 years Tim has toured and recorded with Aussie greats such as Chris Wilson, Jimi Hocking and Lloyd Spiegel.

    Backwood Creatures combine entertainment with musical ability. It’s their solid swamp-blues sound, plus the guarantee of some of the most impressive jams out of Melbourne, that keep audiences swilling beer until long after the final encore.

    Their self-titled debut EP is now available!

    “Hands down - One of the best live bands ever! The energy of Hendrix, the rawness of Tony Joe White and the sheer force of Zeppelin all in one!” - PBS Radio, Melbourne

    "Jeb Cardwell is one of my favourite all round musicians in Australia. Master of guitar, banjo, dobro and can sing his arse off!!! I love him..." - Kasey Chambers

    "I love the Backwood Creatures! They always take me away when they jam out on one of their swampy songs. Hard-hitting rhythm section and Jeb Cardwell is a killer guitarist too, so what's not to like?"- Jeff Lang

    “Jebs fingerwork during a guitar solo is quite literally jaw-dropping.” - Three Thousand, Melbourne



  • Thu
    30
    Mar
    2017

    Van Walker & Special Guest

    8PM

    Van Walker returns to the Labor In Vain for two shows this month, fresh from a recent six month sabbatical while recording a new solo album with local legend and disturbed folk pioneer Jeff Lang. Catch him the last two Thursdays in March, 23 & 30, performing new (and old) material with a very special guest

  • Fri
    31
    Mar
    2017

    Deaf Wish, Russell St. Bombings

    8PM

    When Deaf Wish found themselves in a room together for the very first time, they agreed on a guiding philosophy: “Let’s not make anything that’s going to last. If we’re together for just two shows, then that’s what it is.”

    They’ve deviated some.

    Over the course of eight years, the Melbourne group— guitarists Sarah Hardiman and Jensen Tjhung, drummer Daniel Twomey and new bassist Lee Parker, with each member contributing vocals—have instead amassed one of rock’s most exhilarating bodies of work, a concise run of wooly seven-inches and white-knuckle LPs whose legendary live translation has been most accurately described as “unhinged.” All this despite their being scattered across multiple continents, with no way of getting to know one another outside of intermittent touring. “We didn’t really know what this band was,” Tjhung says. “We had something, but it wasn’t clear—we had to figure out what that was.”

    2015 marked the arrival of Pain, the first they’ve written since coming together again semi-permanently in Melbourne, and their appropriately titled first full-length for Sub Pop. (St. Vincent EP, released the year prior, was their proper Sub Pop debut.) It is a miraculously dissonant, wonderfully immediate display of Deaf Wish at their mightiest, alive with the same wild chemistry and sense of possibility that made their first recordings so vital. With more time together than they’ve ever had before, they’re found themselves confronted with ideal (yet foreign) conditions. Two-minute freakouts like “Eyes Closed” share airspace with the meditative squall of “On” and the guitar-born majesty of “Calypso.” Everything was captured in three takes or less, in a bleak, nondescript studio on the lifeless outskirts of Melbourne.

    “It’s a simple thing,” Tjhung says of their approach. “Simple takes the worry out of it. If we try to step it up and go sideways, it just doesn’t seem to work. But we’ve grown up and been through some shit. To get to this point you have to bust through a few walls. It’s easy to be new, and I think, in the end, this is what it is. When you put these people in the room, it’s Deaf Wish.”

  • Sat
    01
    Apr
    2017

    Tenderloins Single Launch with Roller One

    8PM

     

     

  • Sun
    02
    Apr
    2017

    Sean McMahon and the MoonMen with Alex Lashlie

    5pm

     

    "From stripped back casual charm to royally rocking, McMahon has built a bespoke musical home of his own"- Chris Lambie , Rhythms

    Sean McMahon is a versatile artist with an unmistakable style and voice that ring true across a variety of sonic landscapes captured in his highly regarded recording career to date, through the densely textured electric-guitar soaked alt country of Downhills Home’s ‘Minor Birds’ and ‘Wolves In The Woods’, the sombre, sparse, bluesy hues on concept album 'Welcome to Gippsland', the raw, dusty folk on 'Live At The Last Hotel' with acoustic trio Wstern Union, to the blisfuly ragged jangle on 'Shiner', his latest offering with his band the MoonMen .

    While his last album was described as a journey through heartfelt alt-country that beautifully conveyed a singer/songwriter’s love affair with the American songbook and a 1930's Kay guitar, his latest offering sees him move away from an acoustic, singer/songwriter approach, instead exploring a more eclectic blend of elements within blues, psychedelic country, folk, and rock'n'roll.

    His versatility as a musician has led to involvement in other projects besides his own over the last two years.
    In-between his role as guitarist for the esteemed Suzannah Espie and performing, co-writing and producing with new talent Jemma and the Clifton Hillbillies, McMahon continued to experiment and develop his ideas, writing, recording and occasionally performing around Melbourne with various musicians.

    After eventually reuniting with members of Downhills Home (Josh Duiker on drums and Michael Hubbard on bass). The 'MoonMen' hit Matt Walkers studio to lay down the basic tracks for 9 songs, before bringing in Ben Franz on Pedal Steel and overdubbing the finishing touches to the new album, ‘Shiner’.


    ‘Shiner’ is at times personal and reflective, at other times ambiguous and playful, but always loaded with poetic phrase and melodic hooks, all hung from the pickups of a 60's Harmony Rocket.

    A true believer in the song itself, McMahon writes the kind of songs that more than hold their own. Once again, he has delivered yet another set of exceptional songs.

     

  • Fri
    07
    Apr
    2017

    Customer / Local Coward / Muscle Mate

    8PM


  • Sat
    08
    Apr
    2017

    Wrong Turn

    8PM
    Melbourne based Wrong Turn have been around for over a decade ......but we're not counting!

    Wrong Turn started life as a two piece (comprising of ex members of the Philisteins, Freeloaders,Seminal Rats, Hands of Time, Stoneage Hearts & Double Agents + others.....not a bad effort for 2 people!)
    - but now they come with a new improved recipe and 50% added low budget, low fat ingredient!..... a bass player!!
    These three likely lads are fuelled by cheap fizzy beer & ham sandwiches.
    With screaming guitars, primal drumming & unhinged vocals all up producing a blizzard of supercharged, supersonic blasting of originals while also pummeling new life into RnR relics, fusing 70s punk with 50s dementia.
    Go on! get some raw power rock'n'roll thrills into ya!

    2x CD albums available on Off the Hip Records,
    Johnny Collingwood / Baby no Good, and 'Axe to Grind' 7" single available at shows or on Cobra Snake Necktie Records,

    https://cobrasnakenecktierecords.bandcamp.com/album/johnny-collingwood-baby-no-good-7

    https://cobrasnakenecktierecords.bandcamp.com/album/axe-to-grind.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6_FEEuJ0fc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yheab3rQ1Y
     
     
  • Sun
    09
    Apr
    2017

    Sammy Owen Blues Band

    5pm

    Sammy Owen Blues Band was first formed late 2011 as a rotating line up of musicians from Fitzroy's Brunswick Street and performed weekly at some of the streets most frequented venues.
    Sammy Owen lead guitarist and vocalist is a left handed electric guitarist who leads the band. He completed the permanent line up in May 2012 with Liam Kealy on B3 hammond Organ after a chance meeting and hearing Liam at a Lonsdale st Bar.
    The four piece band now includes:
    Sammy Owen Lead Guitar/vocals
    Mark Aird on Drums
    Simon Haeusler Bass
    Liam Kealy Hammond B3 Organ.
    The band received great response and reviews from a debut performance at “Echuca Winter Blues Festival” in 2013, which has lead to performances at “Blues the Briars” the peninsula’s premier blues festival aswell as 2 consecutive years at the world renowned ‘Wangaratta Jazz and Blues”, headline spots at Bluestone Blues Festival, all star performances with Geoff Achison, Jimi Hocking and Chris Wilson.
    Sammy Owen focuses on writing original songs with the band who creates their own contemporary, funky, energetic blues sound.
    The band is mainly influenced by 90's and modern blues with influences like
    Tommy Castro, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
    Late 2013 saw Sammy Owen Blues Band release the new debut Album “the neighbourhood watch….real people, real stories” . A new album entitled "Pub Crawlin", spawn out of hard gigging in Melbournes famous bars will be released in April.
    Sammy Owen Blues Band has electricity, intensity and a give everything approach to entertaining a live crowd. The bands live shows have received rave revues in beat magazine, Melbourne street press & by blues fans and non blues fans alike. www.reverbnation.com/sammyowenbluesband

  • Thu
    20
    Apr
    2017

    Green Tin, Palm Springs, Jumpin' Jack Williams

    8PM

  • Fri
    21
    Apr
    2017

    Ron S Peno & Cam Butler Duo

    8PM
  • Sun
    23
    Apr
    2017

    White Lightning Duo

    5pm

    White Lightning evolved when Vocalist/Guitarist Sean McConnell realised there was an important element missing from his solo music projects - A solid, thumping, sexy groove.

    Over many late night whiskey drinking, record spinning jam sessions with Ben 'Chicken shack' Gerrard (Catfish Voodoo, The Melbourne Jukes), light broke forth from Heaven itself and the boys were given a mission. A mission from God to bring the world back the thumping groove it lost so many years ago.

    White Lightning, raw, swampy blues grooves, straight from the Yarra Delta.

    Sean McConnell: Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica.

    Ben Gerrard: Drums.

  • Fri
    28
    Apr
    2017

    Ron S Peno & the Superstitions

    8PM

    New band for Ron S Peno featuring Cam Butler, Mark Dawson, Andy Papadopoulos, Tim Deane
  • Sat
    29
    Apr
    2017

    Pink Tiles

    Like the Rolling Stones before them, The Pink Tiles are to the youth of Melbourne much more than a pop group. They are a way of life. 

     

    From the city penthouse to the furthest country province, young girls copy from fan magazines the bobbed hairstyle of bassist / singer Mara Williams. Desperate young men scour dank markets and internet chat rooms in hopes of finding the mocassined shoes favoured by guitar hero Paul Maybury. 

     

    At the Deed Poll office, lines circle for kilometres as teenaged Judy Blanks become “Judy de Blank” in hope of assimilating the mystic sensuality of guitarist / singer and organist sisters Victoria and Cozi de Fruita. 

     

    At personal appearances, the emergence of Jay Williams as drummer in nought but tight trousers and vest has driven entire forms of school girls to fainting and bleeding from the nose. 

     

    Suffice to say, since the paparazzi first snapped them entering the recording studio, this debut album from The Pink Tiles has had fans slavering in anticipation like Pavlov’s dogs. 

     

    With its arrival, said Pavlovian fans are sure to be satiated beyond their wildest fantasies. The all-Filipino, triangular mind meld of brother sister Mara/Jay, sister sister Victoria/Cosi and spirit sister sister Mara/Victoria is alchemically combined with the rugged Australian convict spirit of studio engineering warlock and guitarist Paul and the percussion whirlwind that is Leigh Barker. This combustion has resulted in the most spectacular bubble gum pop explosion to be heard since the days of Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp. 

     

    Despite brusquely abandoning the life of pure fandom 18 months ago for her new calling as a pop star, chief songwriter Mara Williams still pens songs relatable to the average teenageress. Witness the cascading melody of fan favourite “Ordinary Girl”, or “Stood Up”, on which it is revealed that even the glamorous Victoria de Fruita has suffered the indignity of being stood up in favour of a night spent bowling. On “Steph Brett Fanclub” we see that even super stars of The Pink Tiles magnitude have idols of their own. 

     

    A particularly poignant number is "Mourning", on which the band lament the loss of original guitarist Arnaud, who chose to return to his native Paris when the vagaries of fame became too much to bear

  • Sun
    30
    Apr
    2017

    Jo Mears Band

    5pm

    Jo Meares

    The "...melancholia of wide open plains and corrugated iron, caressed by occasionally passing heavenly choirs of grievous angels and chain gangs"
    Clem Bastow's description of Jo's single of the week 'I Loved You More That Day' in Beat magazine in 2010.

    Jo's first solo album 'A Handful of Smoke' was awarded Australian Album of the year on the highly respected radio show Outpost on 2SER. 
    It was recorded over 2 years in France, Sydney and Melbourne involving members of Charles Jenkins and the Zhivagos, French pianist Lisa Barel and what were to become his band the Honeyriders...

    Jo Meares’ music is unique with a truly original sound. He is a wonderful singer-songwriter and incredible live performer.
    His 3 albums released to date (‘A Handful Of Smoke’, ‘One More Time’ and ‘King Of The Crystal Mountain’) are all classic Australian recordings.
    Part Neil Young, part Lou Reed, part Nick Cave – but with a uniquely Australian twang
    !”
    - Vinny Ramone, Outpost show 2SER

    In over 35 years in the music industry, 15 of them running the independent record label Laughing Outlaw, I’ve been lucky enough to have heard more music than most people.
    The only downside to that is that it takes a real lot to impress me.
    I’d been aware of Jo Meares but not listened to him until his ‘King Of The Crystal Mountain’ album was released.
    It’s an album I now consider one of the finest Australian singer songwriter albums of the past decade and in fact it would be better to say that it’s a world class album created by an Australian.
    I’ve subsequently heard all Jo’s previous albums and admire them too.
    Not only are the albums magnificent, he is a truly exceptional live performer who deserves to be much better known than he currently is. That will happen.
    I’m part of the Jo Meares fan club!

    - Stuart Coupe, writer, manager Laughing Outlaw records, DJ 2FBI and 2SER

    Jo's second solo album 'One More Time' was made with the Honeyriders and involves a sixteen piece string section, beautiful backing vocals and lush guitar sounds.

    All Jo's albums are available for digital download or a hard copy can be ordered through this website. Also limited vinyl pressings.
     
    Jo plays most years in France, Spain, Finland and Germany and is gradually building his following there.

    His June 2014 release of the album 'King of the Crystal Mountain' in Australia was followed by an extensive tour of Europe in 2015 involving France, Spain, Finland, and Germany.

    In Melbourne Jo plays with Dave Milne, Trent McKenzie and Shane Reilly, Art Starr and Cam Butler at various times...

  • Thu
    04
    May
    2017

    Van Walker & Andrew Bailey

    8PM

  • Sat
    06
    May
    2017

    The Wellingtons

    8PM

    The Wellingtons have been hunkered down for the past year producing album number five, ’End Of The Summer’ The album will be released in Spain, Japan and Australia, beginning in May. To initially launch the record they’ll be touring Spain and Italy, where the band is lauded for their pop song writing smarts and their layered arrangements. Before that however, they’ll be playing a warm up show at the in their hometown of Melbourne at the Labour in Vain, the first since their hibernation over 12 months ago. 

  • Sun
    07
    May
    2017

    James Thomson & the Strange Pilgrams

    5pm

    When an artist appears on the scene with his own identifiable style and is comfortable and confident in his ability as a writer and performer you know he’s studied the greats and explored and absorbed the essential elements of their craft.

     Newcastle, NSW musician and songwriter James Thomson’s arrival in 2013 with his debut, self-titled album caught the ears of plenty of journalists and fans of his blues, folk and country stylings. You could heard the sum of his influences in the music; the ghosts of Robert Johnson, Jimmy Reed and Hank Williams - yet Thomson had filtered them into his own stories, relaxed singing style and accomplished guitar playing.

     Later in 2013, Thomson’s musical journey became a geographical one as he embarked on a three month songwriting and sightseeing trip through the US. The resulting songs formed his sophomore album Cold Moon (2015) which saw him expand his sound stylistically with a full band, a sharper pen and a direct line into tales of heartache and desire in their many forms. Thomson had achieved a resonant balance of melody, emotion and authenticity.

     Widespread critical acclaim greeted the release of Cold Moon and with his band The Strange Pilgrims, Thomson has been clocking up the miles along the eastern coastline of Australia playing the stages of many festivals, bars and pubs. The band have grown into the songs, invested them with a new energy and dug deep into the swing and groove at the heart of the music. The resulting ragged, freewheeling and soulful rock ’n’ roll vibe adds another layer for Thomson to work with; making the band’s forthcoming recordings an intriguing prospect.

     From singer/songwriter to band leader; Thomson has found the perfect fusion of his acoustic blues/folk origins and an electric sound that draws on the masters such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, JJ Cale, Taj Mahal and The Rolling Stones. That rich tapestry of sounds and influences will take shape on Thomson's forthcoming third album as he continues to evolve his songwriting through his musical and life experiences.

  • Fri
    12
    May
    2017

    International Velvet, Fuzzsucker & Make More

    8PM

    A free show with extra hot seasoning featuring:

    The impregnable mystery of Fuzzsucker
    https://fuzzsucker.bandcamp.com/ (28 releases!)

    The salted earth restorative methods of INTERNATIONAL VELVET ♥
    https://internationalvelvet.bandcamp.com/

    and the wave upon wave of responsibly guided euphoric vibrations, conducted on the night by Make More
    https://makemore.bandcamp.com/

    $0 - 8pm
    ~~~~~~~
    This show will take place on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri people. We would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land and pay our respect to their elders, past and present.

  • Sat
    13
    May
    2017

    Happy Lonesome, Midnight Scavengers

    8PM

    The Happy Lonesome & Midnight Scavengers will share the stage (or floor really) for the first time at the Labour in Vain on Saturday May 13th. This will be Midnight Scavengers first show in Melbourne since coming back from an extended stay in Europe last year. A little bird told us they'll be playing a bunch of new songs too. The Happy Lonesome of course will be playing stuff from their new LP released at the start of the year (get a copy if ya ain't already got one! They'll be sold on the night you know). Get on down to the Labour to get right on down!

  • Sun
    14
    May
    2017

    Chris Pickering experience/experiment.

    5pm

    There’s a story that goes like this: in 2008 Chris Pickering decided to pack his bags and guitar, and relocate to one of the most competitive music cities in the world, Nashville Tennessee. It was during this time in Nashville that Chris met and agreed to work with legendary Stax Records producer, Don Nix. This collaboration resulted in the recording of his third album “Work of Fiction”. It was working and recording in Nashville that began to shape the future direction of his own unique songwriting style, a style that is to be found all through his latest releases, the EP Corners, and his latest single, Canyons (released July 2015).

    CHRIS PICKERING has made a name for himself in a short space of time. An accomplished drummer, finger picking guitarist, singer and also pretty handy on the harmonica, CHRIS PICKERING’s musical ability and song writing skills, as well as stage presence, all go to forming an exciting performance.

    (Faster Louder)

    Now Melbourne based, Chris Pickering is a singer/songwriter who is not a slave to any dominant trend or fashion, yet doesn’t shy away from comparisons to the great songwriters of the 20th century. His songs talk of relationships, philosophy and the occasional dark side of the human condition, albeit with an ever-surreptitious wink to his black sense of humour. Chris is most often compared with other genre defying singer-songwriters such as Rufus Wainwright, Wilco and Neil Finn.

    “It’s as though he’s discovered his own personal pop-genre hybrid that may incorporate melodic rock, psychedelic music, gospel soul, country, folk and blues”.

    Terry Roland, in Alt Country Music Blog ‘No Depression’ 

    Upon release of his Work Of Fiction record, the highly regarded Australian reviewer, Jeff Jenkins wrote in RhythmsMagazine - 

    WORK OF FICTION

    (3.5/ 4 STARS)

    Big respect for Chris Pickering – his third album is wildly ambitious. Not content to make another album at home in Brisbane, he went to the source, recording at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee with Stax Records’ great Don Nix (who has produced John Mayall, Albert King and Charlie Musselwhite). ... But Pickering pulls it off, and that’s a fact. The result is a superb collection of soulful country-tinged pop. File next to Ron Sexsmith.

    While currently promoting and playing releases from his current EP ‘Corners’, Chris is in the final stages of completing his next album. The five years that Chris spent in Nashville will be seen as a pivotal point in his evolution as a songwriter, the results of which will be released soon. Whilst in Nashville he befriended and played alongside many of the finest up-and-coming crop of songwriters and performers in Nashville, including Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, Kelsey Waldon, Caitlin Rose, Cale Tyson, Kelsey Waldon, and numerous others. The as yet untitled album is the result of recordings that have been made at Bomb Shelter in Nashville, and Hicksville Studios in Joshua Tree, CA. Accordingly, Chris engaged the services of producer Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes) and up-and-coming Australian producer and artist Adrian Mauro (Machine Age) to help administer the final touches to his latest work.

    In October 2014, Chris showcased some of this new material in a month long residency at Melbourne’s Yarra Hotel using a band featuring Mick Thomas from Weddings, Parties, Anything on bass guitar. This residency gave Melbourne audiences their first opportunity to experience the breadth and depth of his song writing talents with a full band. To cap that off, Chris also appeared at Queenscliff Music Festival in November 2014, performing with a full band to a strong reception.

    A new single, 'Canyons', was released in July 2015, which also happens to be the title track from the upcoming album. He has continued making regular appearances around Melbourne, both solo and with his new three-piece band, and in October 2015 he and the band performed to rave reviews at the inaugural Dashville Skyline Festival in the Hunter Valley, NSW, alongside other acts such as Bahamas, Wagons, Holy Holy, and more.

  • Sat
    20
    May
    2017

    Blown Cones Single Launch

    8PM

    Blown Cones launching our new single High Horse/Rabbits at the fabulous Labour in Vain on May 20th. Free entry and 2 sets. It's going to be fun, so tell all your friends and we hope to see you there

    The Blown Cones are a lounge room based band that was formed, well climbed out of the primordial bedroom, in 2000 and something. The founding members, Mike Hager and Andrew Bailey, got together after Chris Altmann’s Que Paso disbanded and Mike was left bored. Luckily Bailey had lots of amps and lots of acoustic guitars (weirdly no electrics to plug into all the amps) and his lounge room quickly became the first studio/stage. After what seemed like a month of months, Melbourne musos, Jeff Samin and Nick Murphy, chanced on hearing that catchy overalls-in-a-tumble-dryer style rhythm and joined in the fun. Nick had other engagements and couldn’t commit full time, but even to this day is still our silent keyboard player. (listen) We enlisted the services of drummer and soccer fan John Dunton who was the only one who could keep abreast (for want of a better word) of the new beat. Sadly John passed away before we hit stardom, but his memory lingers on in the rhythm. Filling John’s shoes was not an easy task as we’d drunk all the beer. Mike finally found a replacement in Jaden Jones, a proficient guitarist, who wanted to play drums. Jaden’s snide sense of humour (again for want of a better word) was a hit with the band, and so we became the drab four. Attempting to describe the band’s style is as pointless as the use of the word style is questionable. If you can understand that last sentence, you should like the band.

  • Sun
    21
    May
    2017

    Andre Warhurst & The Rare Byrds

    5pm

    It's been ages, but Andre Warhurst & The Rare Byrds are back. Two chockablock sets of psychedelic rock at The Labour In Vain. Good beer, free entry!

    The Rare Byrds is a rock trio that features Andre’s brother and Spoonful drummer Kit Warhurst (Rocket Science) and CJ Rhodes (Silver Night Drive) on bass. Drawing from the classic sounds of 60s and 70s rock n roll, Andre Warhurst & the Rare Byrds promise to get you rocking in a warm, riffy-fuzzy kinda way. Good-times.

  • Thu
    25
    May
    2017

    Ty Alexander & Gareth Ed Lindsay

    8PM

    Join alt-country singer-songwriters Ty Alexander & Gareth Ed Lindsay as they descend upon Fitzroy institution The Labour In Vain for a night of stripped-back dad rock. One night only, free entry, $5 to leave.

     

  • Fri
    26
    May
    2017

    The Tropes with Narcopaloma and Magpie

    8PM

    THE TROPES get bent at THE LABOUR IN VAIN with newcomers NARCOPALOMA and MAGPIE. It's gonna be all kinds of power pop punkie garage madness and it's FREE.

  • Sun
    28
    May
    2017

    Don Morrison's Raging Thirst

    5pm

    Songwriter, singer, guitarist and guitar maker Don Morrison has shared the stage with many of the biggest names in Australian music like Midnight Oil, Hunters and Collectors, Billy Thorpe, Joe Camilleri, Australian Crawl, Men At Work, Stephen Cummings, Ross Wilson and a hundred more in more than thirty years in music game.
    He has worked with Bo Diddley, Joe Cocker, Rodriguez and even Billy Ray Cyrus, he was brave enough to stand next to Shakin’ Stephens in a urinal and nearly killed by Willie Nelson in Austin, Texas.
    He’s done gigs from Bridgetown to Byron Bay, from Sydney to San Antonio and released a dozen CDs of mostly original songs under his own name and that of his many bands such as The Bodgies, Raging Thirst, The Elmores, The Lonely Cosmonauts, Prawnhead and The Rank Outsiders.
    He’s written all about it in a rollicking autobiography “This Could Be Big”
    He might not be as young and pretty as he once was but he’s not done yet. Dubbed the Larrikin Troubadour Laureate of Adelaide, Don is playing, singing and writing songs better than ever. The sense of humour that has seen him through the hardest times in a notoriously brutal industry still shines through in his songs and performances. He makes his own world renown Donmo resonator guitars, writes his own songs and sings them himself.
  • Fri
    02
    Jun
    2017

    HIRSUTE PIE

    8PM

    Hirsute Pie, 8 pm at the Labour In Vain. One show only.
    You may not have heard of the band, but there's no need for lengthy introductions to this hairy band of gentlemen: Van Walker, Jeff Lang, Cal Walker and Suit.

    Who knows what will happen with this mashup of The Heartbrokers and Goatpiss Gasoline? But however it plays out, there's no doubt it's a show not to be missed.

    First set performed by the Walker brothers starts at 8 pm.

  • Sat
    03
    Jun
    2017

    MISERABLE LITTLE BASTARDS

    8PM

    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
    04
    Jun
    2017

    The Terry McCarthy Special

    5pm

  • Fri
    09
    Jun
    2017

    Trouble Peach Double Single Launch w/ Closet Straights

    8PM

    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.

  • Sat
    10
    Jun
    2017

    The Glorious North

    8PM

    The Glorious North is a country rock band from Melbourne Australia. Their debut album, 'Welcome to the Glorious North' invites you into a whiskey-stained world of lost loves, loaded Lugers and booze-addled broken hearts.

    Early Paul Kelly, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Wilco are some of the influences you will hear echoing through 'Welcome to The Glorious North', creating a sound that is supercharged country pop. Lyrics to lead you into the beautiful darkness tell tales of small bars in the small hours and the sordid sins of lost and lonesome souls.

    'Welcome to The Glorious North' adds to a lineage that runs from Hank Williams to Nick Cave and it's sure to make you want to cry, cheer and puke into your Stetson ... possibly all at the same time.
  • Sun
    11
    Jun
    2017

    Pony Face

    5pm
    Pony Face announce the release of their album Hypnotised on August 14, 2012.
    Produced by Casey Rice, Hypnotised is a sonic kaleidoscope encompassing sweeping guitars, doom drums, bass lines moulded from rock bottom and textural layers which have become synonymous with the expansive Pony Face sound.
    Straddling the divide between blissful and brooding, Pony Face take listeners on an aural journey down a surreal highway that links the crystalline intimacy of Sparklehorse, the cosmic post rock of Mogwai and the uniquely Australian sound of Thirty Odd Foot of Grunt.
  • Mon
    12
    Jun
    2017

    Large Number 12's

    5pm

  • Sat
    17
    Jun
    2017

    WHITE LIGHTNING

    8PM

    White Lightning are a pair of raucous, whiskey drinking, happy-go-lucky scamps hailing from Melbourne.

    A 120 proof blend of hill-country, fingerpicking blues and slide guitar with some Chicago style crunch. With influences ranging from R.L Burnside, Son House and The White Stripes, White Lightning has been moving hips and wetting lips all around Victoria and is sure to get your bones rattlin'!

    Sexy, slightly narcotic blues grooves, straight from the Yarra Delta.

    Featuring:
    Sean McConnell on Vocals, Guitar and Harmonica - and - Ben Gerrard on Drums.


    'Stunning debut from an arse kicking duo ripping out Dirty Mississippi Hill Country Blues Oz style and keeping it real...get on it!' - Barry Maxwell: Blues on the Hill 3NRG

  • Sun
    18
    Jun
    2017

    WAYNE JURY WITH THE RECTIFIERS

    5pm

    Wayne’s  initiation into the world of music began in Geelong supporting Australia’s finest touring bands (AC/DC, Ayres Rock, Little River band, Buffalo, Cold Chisel, Dragon, Hush,TMG, etc.)

     

    Moving to Melbourne to join a ‘Glam Rock’ cover band was not a brilliant idea and living in boarding houses and being robbed at knifepoint told him maybe Melbourne was not the right place to be right now.

     

    Travelling to Sydney regularly to perform helped him meet up with likeminded musicians and after an altercation with his band. At 18, no place to stay and with $8 in his pocket he took his bag off the bus and planted himself in Sydney.

    Since then he has played thousands of gigs all over Australia including opening for blues greats Robert Cray, Albert Collins, Canned Heat and Buddy Guy with his band Black Cat Moan.

    He has performed consistently over the years with various groups and in1993 he teamed up with guitarist/producer John Brewster (the Angels) to write and record a solo album.

    1996 saw Wayne begin touring nationally (on vocals and guitar) for 7 years with young guitar prodigy Nathan Cavaleri (including opening for the great B.B. King.)

     

    In Sydney apart from his solo gigs he also performed with Black Cat Moan, Bridie King (legendary residency at the Bridge Hotel), Jenny Marie Lang Band, Alison Penney and Ron and Jeff King (Foreday Riders).

     

    He was House songwriter at J. Albert and son for 3 years.

     

    In 2003 he formed 7 piece funk and soul band Drybones.

    Wayne returned to hometown Geelong in 2007. Apart from teaching singing and facilitating ‘Blues Boot Camps’, he continues to perform at venues and festivals, locally and around Australia as a Solo act or with The Wayne Jury Four.

     

    Frankie Lee (ABC Sydney) says “Wayne Jury's music can evoke strong emotions. His exceptional voice has the power, the technical strength, and the main ingredient - absolutely heartfelt soul - to really move the audience.”

    “Wayne Jury is one of the best blues singers in this country.” .... according to Michael Smith, Drum Media Sydney.

  • Fri
    23
    Jun
    2017

    Tam Vantage with Piggie

    8PM

    Tam Vantage (T.V.) and Piggie play at The Labour in Vain

    Come down for 2 riff heavy bands and a real cool time

    T.V. - https://tamvantage.bandcamp.com/
    Piggie - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Zvvyyg9Wz4

    8pm
    Free Entry
     
  • Sat
    24
    Jun
    2017

    Riflebirds

    8PM

    “Cracks the whip from the get-go” – Bel Ryan, Beat Magazine.

    From Brunswick to Byron Bay to Ballarat, RIFLEBIRDS have been touring the land playing songs from their two albums – ‘World Feels Wide’ released in July 2016 and 2015’s ‘Detours & Collisions’.

    Hometown gigs at Melbourne’s finest rock’n’roll establishments such as The Labour In Vain and The Retreat, support shows for the likes of Ron Peno and The Superstitions, plus radio shows and new recordings have ensured some busy times.

    Festival appearances for summer 2016/17 include Spring Fling Street Festival and Ballarat Beer Festival.

    RIFLEBIRDS is Rowan Roebig (vocals/guitar), John Kenyon (guitar/vocals), Rod Collins (bass/vocals), Bon Krunic (drums) and Damien Toussaint (keyboards).

    “If you don’t mind a little country twang, this is the perfect music to accompany a boozy Sunday session – which is perhaps why Riflebirds have made a name for themselves at some of Melbourne’s most popular venues. Be sure to check it out.” Chris Bright, Beat Magazine

  • Sun
    25
    Jun
    2017

    Bitter Darlings, Cold Irons Bound

    7pm

    "South Australia’s purveryors of pub-rock-soul The Bitter Darlings make their anticipated return to Melbourne since launching debut release ‘Stuart Highway’ to a packed Labour In Vain in February. The Darlings showcase a fiery live performance that encapsulates a golden era of Australian-rock. With recent performances alongside the likes of Tex Perkins, William Crighton and Bad//Dreems. Joined by Melbourne’s Cold Irons Bound, a four-piece that recall the best distorted twang of the past 50 years. Imagine Tom Petty jamming with Teenage Fanclub. 

    Free entry with music from 7." 

  • Sat
    01
    Jul
    2017

    Murphy's Hardware

    8PM

    Murphy's Hardware movin the dancefloor with '60's faves from The Kinks, The Beach Boys, Stones, Hollies, Beatles, Monkees and heaps more...featuring Ross McLennan, Ben Mason, Brett Wolfenden and Nick Murphy.

  • Sun
    02
    Jul
    2017

    Pheasant Pluckers

    5pm

    With almost 20 years and 5 albums under their belt, Melbourne’s
    Pheasant Pluckers continue to entertain audiences of all ages
    with their own country bluegrass sound. With a progressive and alternative slant they play fast, mellow and everywhere in between. Upright bass, rhythm and lead acoustic guitar, banjo, dobro, percussion, harmonica, and they love to sing up a harmony.
    If you have not seen Matt Campbell sing with his band of gents,
    don’t miss your next opportunity to experience the Pheasant Pluckers.
  • Thu
    06
    Jul
    2017

    Jimmy Stewart and Nedd Jones

    8PM

  • Fri
    07
    Jul
    2017

    CHRIST CRUSHER, BILL SHANKLY, A.D SKINNER

    8PM

  • Sun
    09
    Jul
    2017

    WAYNE JURY WITH THE RECTIFIERS

    5pm

    Wayne’s  initiation into the world of music began in Geelong supporting Australia’s finest touring bands (AC/DC, Ayres Rock, Little River band, Buffalo, Cold Chisel, Dragon, Hush,TMG, etc.)

     

    Moving to Melbourne to join a ‘Glam Rock’ cover band was not a brilliant idea and living in boarding houses and being robbed at knifepoint told him maybe Melbourne was not the right place to be right now.

     

    Travelling to Sydney regularly to perform helped him meet up with likeminded musicians and after an altercation with his band. At 18, no place to stay and with $8 in his pocket he took his bag off the bus and planted himself in Sydney.

    Since then he has played thousands of gigs all over Australia including opening for blues greats Robert Cray, Albert Collins, Canned Heat and Buddy Guy with his band Black Cat Moan.

    He has performed consistently over the years with various groups and in1993 he teamed up with guitarist/producer John Brewster (the Angels) to write and record a solo album.

    1996 saw Wayne begin touring nationally (on vocals and guitar) for 7 years with young guitar prodigy Nathan Cavaleri (including opening for the great B.B. King.)

     

    In Sydney apart from his solo gigs he also performed with Black Cat Moan, Bridie King (legendary residency at the Bridge Hotel), Jenny Marie Lang Band, Alison Penney and Ron and Jeff King (Foreday Riders).

     

    He was House songwriter at J. Albert and son for 3 years.

     

    In 2003 he formed 7 piece funk and soul band Drybones.

    Wayne returned to hometown Geelong in 2007. Apart from teaching singing and facilitating ‘Blues Boot Camps’, he continues to perform at venues and festivals, locally and around Australia as a Solo act or with The Wayne Jury Four.

     

    Frankie Lee (ABC Sydney) says “Wayne Jury's music can evoke strong emotions. His exceptional voice has the power, the technical strength, and the main ingredient - absolutely heartfelt soul - to really move the audience.”

    “Wayne Jury is one of the best blues singers in this country.” .... according to Michael Smith, Drum Media Sydney.

  • Thu
    13
    Jul
    2017

    Jumpin' Jack William

    8PM

    SO SO STOKKED TO BE PLAYING 2SETS NEXT MONTH AT THE LABOUR IN VAIN. 

    GOT SOME SPESCH AS TOONES IN THE WORKS FOR YALL!

    GONNA BE DOING A SOLO SET 8.30pm 

    JEZ (TALL SHORES) IS GONNA PLAY A FEW TUNES 9.15pm

    THEN JJW with FRIENDS WILL KICK FOR THE FIRST GIG WITH DRUMS & BASS FOR A FEWWWWWWW BLOODY MONTHS.


    PROMISES TO BE A SNUG LITTLE EVENING ON THE WAY HOME FROM WORK OR EVEN JUST TO ENJOY SOME OF THE CHOICE BREWS ON TAP FROM THE LABOUR's EXTENSIVE BAR.

    FREE ADMISSION. NO DICKHEADS 

  • Fri
    14
    Jul
    2017

    The Miserable Little Bastards

    8PM

    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.

  • Sat
    15
    Jul
    2017

    THE STU THOMAS PARADOX

    Stu Thomas has played in twenty countries with some of Australia’s greats (including Kim Salmon, and Dave Graney). He fronts his own red-hot voodoo-surf wunderband The Stu Thomas Paradox, which has rocked for ten years, and is known for astral guitar flights and magical 3-part harmonies. Tarantino meets Iggy.

  • Sun
    16
    Jul
    2017

    Roller One announce the release of their new double A side 7" single, 'Slow/Mexican Sun'

    5pm

     

    With each half of the band finally back in Melbourne, the time has come for Roller One to release their Double A Side 7" Slow/Mexican Sun at The Labour In Vain on Sunday 16th July. Part of the Leaps and Bounds Festival, this special show will feature a manifold of musicians who have worked with the Guitar/Double Bass duo over the years, all celebrating Roller One's first new music since 2012's Beautiful Fountain

    Slow/Mexican Sun was recorded straight to 2" tape with Pharmacy Records / Underground Lover's Richard Andrew and both songs on the double A side combine Fergus McAlpin's songwriting with the duo's eclectic style. Slow is a Dylanesque, fast paced, cut-to-the-bone poem about time and the feeling of self and one's success. Mexican Sun, reminiscent of a Ry Cooder soundtrack, is an icon of their free folk style with which the duo have found respect coming together in a lover's lament.

    Roller One release the Slow/Mexican Sun 7" through Torn and Frayed on 16th June, 2017 and will be available at shows, and via www.rollerone.com.au

  • Tue
    18
    Jul
    2017

    Joe Pug & Courtney Marie Andrews

    7pm

    END OF TOUR PARTY!! Joe Pug & Courtney Marie Andrews are playing an exclusive show at The Labour In Vain TUESDAY July 18th @ 8pm. Limited Tickets available here goo.gl/6EcF1j

    Joe Pug is no stranger to this part of the world and makes a welcome return to headline shows after coming down for 2016’s Out On the Weekend festival. His third and critically acclaimed album Windfall, a 10-song indie-folk gem that has cemented his reputation as one of America’s most respected young songwriters, was met with high praise with The Australian describing it as “absolutely brilliant.” As Paste Magazine commented, “Windfall is an album about not just the broken moments and uphill climbs that shape life, but how to exist in those moments, how to draw on core strengths and adapt, how to live through it all and come out stronger.” We all agreed and you will hear tunes from this, his back catalogue and new tunes and covers come July.

    Touring with Joe will be the last Love Police discovery, Courtney Marie Andrews. At just 16 years old, Andrews left home in Arizona for her first tour. Travelling up and down the West Coast of the USA, busking and playing anywhere that would have her. Soon after, she took a Greyhound bus four nights straight from Phoenix to New York to do the same on the East Coast. For a decade or so since, Courtney’s been a session and backup singer and guitarist for nearly 40 artists, including Damien Jurado. She never stopped writing her own material, though. Picking up admirers like Jurado and Ryan Adams along the way, she has quietly earned a reputation as a songwriter’s songwriter. Her 2016 album release ‘Honest Life’ has been praised by media universally with the UK’s Daily Telegraph saying “the poetic economy of her lyrics is right up there with such masters of the country vignette as Guy Clark and John Prine…a truly substantial talent.” That’s some big associations right there.

  • Thu
    20
    Jul
    2017

    Jumpin' Jack William

    8PM

    SO SO STOKKED TO BE PLAYING 2SETS NEXT MONTH AT THE LABOUR IN VAIN. 

    GOT SOME SPESCH AS TOONES IN THE WORKS FOR YALL!

    GONNA BE DOING A SOLO SET 8.30pm 

    JEZ (TALL SHORES) IS GONNA PLAY A FEW TUNES 9.15pm

    THEN JJW with FRIENDS WILL KICK FOR THE FIRST GIG WITH DRUMS & BASS FOR A FEWWWWWWW BLOODY MONTHS.


    PROMISES TO BE A SNUG LITTLE EVENING ON THE WAY HOME FROM WORK OR EVEN JUST TO ENJOY SOME OF THE CHOICE BREWS ON TAP FROM THE LABOUR's EXTENSIVE BAR.

    FREE ADMISSION. NO DICKHEADS 

  • Fri
    21
    Jul
    2017

    WEREWOLVES OF MELBOURNE – BLUES N’ BOUNDS

    8PM

    Werewolves of Melbourne are an Australian band that blends the styles of rhythm n’ blues & 70’s soul rock. Welding a sound risen from the blues clubs of Chicago, the haze of the Mississippi delta and the musically rich streets of their hometown Melbourne – it’s a look into the future of blues soulful as a preacher, powerful as a locomotive…”

    The band has been wowing audiences with their electrifying live shows & In 2017 have already played festivals White Night alongside Holler Roots and supported USA group Moreland & Arbuckle the band are looking at a new album release in June 2017.

  • Sat
    22
    Jul
    2017

    Rich Davies & The Low Road / Dave Wright & The Midnight Electric

    8PM
     
    As part of the Leaps and Bounds Music Festival 2017, Rich Davies & The Low Road return to Melbourne as they continue thier exstensive national tour to support 'Ghosts' & "Electric Ghosts'.
    The two partnered albums released only 6 months apart have been a hit with fans and critics alike, meanwhile the live show has been turning heads around the country.
    Rich Davies & The Low Road will be joined by fellow Melbourne folk-rockers, Dave Wright & The Midnight Electric, who have just released their new album 'HWY'.

    The Labour In Vain
    Sat 22nd July
    7pm - 10pm
    Free Entry

    http://leapsandboundsmusicfestival.com/events/rich-davies/



    Rich Davies & The Low Road:
    With a poet's heart and rocker's soul, Rich Davies & The Low Road deliver a 'foot-stomping contemporary folk attack'(Mick Thomas). Davies spent his formative years in Scottish folk clubs steeped in the ethos of the genre, and his second album, Ghosts, has seen him reconnect with that world. Hailed as 'The Pogues meets Springsteen, glorious, visceral folk music with a dark undercurrent’ (Post To Wire), The Low Road are renowned for their rousing live show and storytelling, as they peel back the skin of rock’n’roll to expose folk, country and blues bones.

    www.richdaviesmusic.com



    Dave Wright & The Midnight Electric:

    Singer/songwriter/bandleader Dave Wright is after one thing: A perfect 4-minute pop song.
    When he puts pen to paper and pick to guitar strings, however, the Melburnian-by-way-of-Colac knocks out epics and ravers and boozers about girls, cars, Australia, mariticide, Diggers, truckers, sadness, sickness, drunks, heartbroken mothers, angry fathers, desperate sons … and death. Lots of death.
    It’s a dark road rutted by American rustbuckets and RSL relics but Dave and his band the Midnight Electric are hellbent on digging rubber into fresh ground and seeing how far a belief in rock and roll in 2017 will take them. HWY, their second full-length album, is a full-throttled battle cry: The fight ain’t over, folks. Get in your car, hit whatever button makes music play loud, and DRIVE. How else to describe an album that opens with a roaring, revving engine and ends with a death on a highway?

    www.davewrightandthemidnightelectric.com
  • Sun
    23
    Jul
    2017

    RUDELY INTERRUPTED

    5pm

    Rudely Interrupted One of Australia’s most uniqu­e independent rock acts, touring and releasing their brand of pitch perfect indie/rock/love/pop anthems across the globe. Rudely Interrupted are thrilled to announce their involvement with the Leaps and Bounds festival. We want to take our music to the people who love music, and what better way to do that than performing at the Labour in Vain. Sunday July 23rd 2017 as part of the Leaps and Bounds Festival. Supporting Rudely Interrupted is the super stylish and one of Melbourne's finest musician's, Kit Warhurst.

  • Thu
    27
    Jul
    2017

    Jimmy Stewart and Steph Brett

    8PM

  • Fri
    28
    Jul
    2017

    The Breadmakers

    8PM

  • Sat
    29
    Jul
    2017

    J M S Harrison & Cabin Inn split 7'' Launch

    8PM

    J M S Harrison & Cabin Inn team up again to launch their split single "Afterglow" and "Rayon" both recorded and mixed at Crosstown Studios by Josh Whitehead.

    The songs are set for special limited edition 7 inch release as well.

    Come and celebrate at the wonderful Labour In Vain in Fitzory Sat July 29th.

  • Sun
    30
    Jul
    2017

    Benny James & the Blue Flames

    5pm


  • Thu
    03
    Aug
    2017

    Matt T Wall

    5pm

     

    WA blues guitar slinger Matty T Wall announces that he'll be legging it over to the east coast this August in support of his new single 'Broken Heart Tattoo'.


    Hard rocking and big bopping, 'Broken Heart Tattoo' tells a tall tale of treachery over a walking bass line - one night, two protagonists, two gunshots and a deadly duel over the girl with the self-referential trademark. The song was inspired by the track 'Be Cool' by Albert Collins, another story that ends in a gunshot.


    The animated video for 'Broken Heart Tattoo' was created by the team at Jumbla in Melbourne and they've put together suitably rough, dark, and violent, almost Tarantino-esque imagery in keeping with the murderous themes of the tune.


    'Broken Heart Tattoo was recorded for the album 'Blue Skies', at the Rada Studios in Perth.


    Says Matty - "For any interested guitarists out there, the main riff was played on a Santana PRS (signed by PRS himself) and played through a cranked 1969 Marshall Plexi. It has become one of my favourite tones of the album, and started my quest for the perfect Marshall amp. I originally intended to aim for a "Money For Nothing" type guitar tone, but I am very happy where it ended up".


    To join Matty's mailing list and receive your free download of 'Broken Heart Tattoo': https://www.mattytwall.com/


    To listen to Broken Heart Tattoo on Soundcloud:
    https://soundcloud.com/mattytwall/08-broken-heart-tattoo


    To watch Broken Heart Tattoo on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rqo7KaX-6uI


    mattytwall.com

  • Fri
    11
    Aug
    2017

    Grindhouse & Levitating Churchs

    8PM

    Holy motherfucking shit it's the end of the working week as we know it!

    Two hot rocking bands at no cost to your wallet!

    Frontline rock-n-roll warlords THE LEVITATING CHURCHES and the kings of beer guzzling gutter punk GRINDHOUSE are tag teaming a radical free show at THE LABOUR IN VAIN and for your consideration they have decided to start really fucking early so you can preload on high end rock action and cheap booze before you go and get really messy elsewhere!

    Your weekend starts at 8pm and grinds to a crashing finger bleeding finale at 10!

    Come down - buy records!

    no squares or hippies!

  • Sun
    13
    Aug
    2017

    Andre Warhurst & The Rare Byrds

    5pm

    The last gig at The Labour In Vain was so much fun that we are doing it again! On Sunday 13 August Andre Warhurst & The Rare Byrds are back for two rockin' sets. Free entry, 5-7pm. If you miss this gig, there will be a reprise on Sunday the 27th.

    The Rare Byrds is a rock trio that features Andre’s brother and Spoonful drummer Kit Warhurst (Rocket Science) and CJ Rhodes (Silver Night Drive) on bass. Drawing from the classic sounds of 60s and 70s rock n roll, Andre Warhurst & the Rare Byrds promise to get you rocking in a warm, riffy-fuzzy kinda way. Good-times.
     
  • Sat
    19
    Aug
    2017

    The Happy Lonesome and the Devours

    8PM

    The Happy Lonesome are stoked to announce another Labour in Vain gig, stoked as actually.... Also pretty damn excited to be playin' with the Devours again for the 3rd time so far this year, very excited indeed. They sure are one of our favourites. If you ain't seen 'em yet, do so!!! Jeeze!!! Here's your chance, so get along to the Labour on the Saturday 19th August, winter's nearly done & spring's a comin' on. 2 bands, early start & finish and free, oh so free.

     

  • Sun
    20
    Aug
    2017

    JVG Guitar Method

    5pm
    The JVG Guitar Method is the product of JVG from RRR, Mark Ferrie from the RocKwiz Orkestra, Ash Davies from drum heaven and Dale Lindrea from bass hell.
  • Tue
    22
    Aug
    2017

    Salad Boys

    8PM

    Salad Boys began as most bands do: in a practice space with half a dozen song ideas and wide eyed plans. Thru regular practising, touring and demoing the band caught the ear of US label Trouble In Mind and inked a deal in 2015. The result was Salad Boys’ debut LP Metalmania, a short and sweet garage-pop stunner that earned praise from NME, Pitchfork, Stereogum and many others. In September 2015 the band travelled to the US and toured for five weeks - aside from covering most of the country they performed live to air on Seattle’s revered KEXP radio and played at Jack White’s Third Man Records in Nashville. 2016 saw Salad Boys begin work on their second LP and take part in various showcases up and down New Zealand, one particular highlight being an acoustic performance at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch.

  • Sun
    27
    Aug
    2017

    Andre Warhurst & The Rare Byrds

    5pm

    The last gig at The Labour In Vain was so much fun that we are doing it again! On Sunday 27th August Andre Warhurst & The Rare Byrds are back for two rockin' sets. Free entry, 5-7pm. If you miss this gig, there will be a reprise on Sunday the 27th.

    The Rare Byrds is a rock trio that features Andre’s brother and Spoonful drummer Kit Warhurst (Rocket Science) and CJ Rhodes (Silver Night Drive) on bass. Drawing from the classic sounds of 60s and 70s rock n roll, Andre Warhurst & the Rare Byrds promise to get you rocking in a warm, riffy-fuzzy kinda way. Good-times.
     
  • Fri
    15
    Sep
    2017

    LIAM LINLEY BAND WITH SPIRAL PERM

    8PM

  • Sat
    16
    Sep
    2017

    DANNY WALSH BANNED

    8PM

    Two sets of Banned magic with special guests. 
    For Warwick 'Wazza' Dunn's 40th - all welcome.
    On stage from 8pm to 10pm sharp, free entry.

    https://dannywalshbanned.bandcamp.com/ 
    http://bit.ly/1Vl5lAS

  • Sun
    17
    Sep
    2017

    LAZY COLTS

    5pm

    Turning their back on the stripped back acoustic approach of previous incarnations, for their full-band debut the Lazy Colts have opted for brooding, cinematic landscapes, explosive drums and unhinged sonic textures assisted by the incomparable talents of Canadian mastermind Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, Timber Timbre).

    Earning their stripes playing Sydney’s pub scene tirelessly Lazy Colts are ready to return to the stage in support of their new tunes. Catch them at one of their upcoming shows.
  • Sat
    23
    Sep
    2017

    PONY FACE

    8PM
    Pony Face announce the release of their album Hypnotised on August 14, 2012.
    Produced by Casey Rice, Hypnotised is a sonic kaleidoscope encompassing sweeping guitars, doom drums, bass lines moulded from rock bottom and textural layers which have become synonymous with the expansive Pony Face sound.
    Straddling the divide between blissful and brooding, Pony Face take listeners on an aural journey down a surreal highway that links the crystalline intimacy of Sparklehorse, the cosmic post rock of Mogwai and the uniquely Australian sound of Thirty Odd Foot of Grunt.
  • Sun
    24
    Sep
    2017

    THE HOUNDLINGS

    5pm

  • Sat
    30
    Sep
    2017

    GRAND FINAL DAY - SHERIFF

    1PM

     

    Looking to make plans for Grand Final Day? Look no further!

    Join Sheriff in the front bar of The Labour In Vain, watch the game and then stick around to experience the band in full flight as they perform two action packed electrifying sets post match!

    Watching the game elsewhere? Get down to the Labour straight after the final siren!

    Sheriff on the sticky carpet of the front bar in an iconic Fitroy pub on a bleary eyed Saturday after 2017's biggest game of football? What could possibly go wrong?! 

    TWO SETS AFTER THE GAME! 

    FREE ENTRY!

    BEERS SPECIALS!

  • Sun
    01
    Oct
    2017

    MURPHY'S HARDWARE

    5pm

    Murphy's Hardware are back with another raucous Sunday evening show at the Labour in Vain. 

    Playing the best 60s songs you've ever heard in your life and making you dance like you never knew you could!

    Sunday 1 October, 5-7pm, Labour in Vain, Brunswick st, Fitzroy.

  • Fri
    06
    Oct
    2017

    Sam Reiner & the September Gurls & Amarina Waters Trio

    8PM

    Sam Reiher and the September Gurls in full band mode with very special guest, Ben Franz on pedal steel. Whaaaaaaat !! Yep, you better believe it. 
    Very lucky to be joined by Amarina Waters trio on the night.

    It's the hottest free ticket in town so latch that velcro across your cool party shoes and get on down to The Labour for some vigorous foot tapping and a whole lotta hollering!

    Samuel Reiher and the September Gurls are a Melbourne based outfit playing country tinged tunes with a hint of honky tonk and a sniff of rockin’ and a rollin’. Sam writes heartfelt songs that’ll resonate heavily with any fan of Americana music. His debut EP was produced and recorded by Australia's grand daddy of country music, Mr. Bill Chambers.

     

  • Sat
    07
    Oct
    2017

    Holy Moses Heartache

    8PM

    With the new album being finished as we speak, Holy Moses Heartache will be returning to The Labour in Vain to showcase some of what they've been up to and let's just say....they're bloody excited! See you all there friends!

  • Sun
    08
    Oct
    2017

    Large No 12's

    5pm

  • Fri
    13
    Oct
    2017

    Robert Ellis plus Lillie Mae

    8PM

    With thanks to Young Henrys we're throwing a FREE shindig at The Labour In Vain. Intimate venue. First in best dressed.

     

  • Sun
    15
    Oct
    2017

    Collard, Greens and Gravy

    5pm
     
    Acclaimed for their gritty, driving, down home-home sound, Collard Greens and Gravy play harmonica driven, early Chicago Blues. Featuring Ian Collard (vocals, harmonica and guitar) Sean "Juke Boy"Emmett (guitar) and Jason Liu Soon (Drums), Collard Greens and Gravy was formed in 1995.
    The band has received many awards including second place at the 2001 International Blues challenge in Memphis. In the same year the band’s second CD More Gravy won an Aria award for Best Blues and Roots Album. Their third CD Silver Bird won the Best Self-Produced CD Award at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in February 2005. Their latest CD Devil In The Woodpile has won numerous awards including Best Album 2008 and Best Band 2008 at the Australian Blues Awards and Best Album 2008 and Best Band 2008 at the Vic/Tas Blues Awards.
    “Eerie, haunting blues...it reminded me of a dark night on the Delta.”
    Bruce Iglauer, President Alligator Records
    “Collard has dug deep into some wellspring of blues... and dug out a sound similar in trance-like rhythms to north Mississippi hill country blues.”
    Jeremy Loome, The Edmonton Sun (Canada)
    “They do what the Brits did in the 1960s, absorb the work of Delta Blues masters and synthesize those influences into their own sound, while still upholding the tradition”
    Eric Thom- Blues Revue (U.S.A) Feb 2008
  • Mon
    16
    Oct
    2017

    Jonny Fritz & Joshua Hedley

    DOORS OPEN AT 7pm

    Tickets at trybooking.com

  • Sat
    21
    Oct
    2017

    GOLDEN RAIL

    8PM

    The Golden Rail

    ELECTRIC TRAILS FROM NOWHERE

    Electric Trails From Nowhere is the debut album by Melbourne band The Golden Rail but it is also the culmination of a 30 year writing partnership between principal song writers Ian Freeman and Jeff Baker. The pair met and started performing in Perth in the mid-80's running through a string of bands together or as  side players in The Palisades, The Rainyard, Header, Summer Suns, DM3 and more recently with their Off The Hip release by The Jangle Band. After a couple of line-up manoeuvres the band has settled as a 4-piece with former Header guitarist Dave Chadwick on bass and Saki Garth on drums. The album is the sound of a new band reflecting on the longer musical and life experiences of all members with the flash of those golden Australian indie pop years (think The Triffids, Died Pretty, the Go-Betweens and the Apartments). “I think we are still writing songs with the same heart as those earlier days,” say the band. “we just seem to make more sense of them now.” “We still wanted to retain the wide-eyed wonder of making music for the first time and so we adjusted the line-up and approach sideways a little to keep that edge.”

    The album has a classic rock/pop combination of guitars, bass and drums with some generous harmonies and occasional keyboard flourishes. It's a reading of 60's and 70's pop sounds through an indie-rock prism with a subtle Australian bent. The Golden Rail’s first promotional single, “Oh My!”, was issued independently earlier in 2017 and features on Electric Trails From Nowhere. The album itself was recorded over several months in 2016 and 2017 at The Aviary Studios in Abbotsford with Fraser Montgomery and Nick Edin. A 10-track version will be issued on vinyl in Spain on the Pretty Olivia label (who also released vinyl versions of The Jangle Band and Rainyard compilation). Off The Hip in Melbourne will release a CD version which includes additional tracks from the album sessions and an acoustic demo.

    The Golden Rail launch Electric Trails From Nowhere at The Labour In Vain in Fitzroy on Saturday, October 21st.

  • Sun
    22
    Oct
    2017

    WAYNE JURY BAND

    5pm

    WAYNE JURY cut his teeth touring Australia and opening for blues greats such as B.B. King, Robert Cray, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, and a myriad of legendary Australian acts. He has made his mark on dozens of great pubs and other venues with his ‘soul-drenched voice, and distinctive guitar style.
    1989 creates Black Cat Moan with Bob Spencer (Finch, Skyhooks, and the Angels). 1993 Teams up with guitarist/producer John Brewster (the Angels), writes and records a solo album. 1996 began touring nationally with young guitar prodigy Nathan Cavaleri for 7 years (including opening for the great B.B. King.) 2001 Performs with Bridie King and the Boogie Kings, Jenny Marie Lang Band, Alison Penney, Ron and Jeff King (Foreday Riders). House songwriter J. Albert and son. 2003 Formed 7 piece funk and soul band ‘Drybones’ 2006 moved back to hometown Geelong, Teaches, performs & conducts vocal workshops, 2007 records and performs with Bob Spencer (Jury+Spencer),. 2008-2012 performs with the Wayne Jury Three, and a duo with Rory Millar.
    “Wayne Jury's exceptional voice has the power, the technical strength and the main ingredient - absolutely heartfelt soul - to really move the audience. He lives the song and delivers it from the heart.” - Frankie Lee, ABC Sydney.
  • Sat
    28
    Oct
    2017

    Dave Wright & The Midnight Electric

    8PM

    Singer/songwriter/bandleader Dave Wright is after one thing: A perfect 4-minute pop song.
    When he puts pen to paper and pick to guitar strings, however, the Melburnian-by-way-of-Colac knocks out epics and ravers and boozers about girls, cars, Australia, mariticide, Diggers, truckers, sadness, sickness, drunks, heartbroken mothers, angry fathers, desperate sons … and death. Lots of death.
    It’s a dark road rutted by American rustbuckets and RSL relics but Dave and his band the Midnight Electric are hellbent on digging rubber into fresh ground and seeing how far a belief in rock and roll in 2017 will take them. HWY, their second full-length album, is a full-throttled battle cry: The fight ain’t over, folks. Get in your car, hit whatever button makes music play loud, and DRIVE. How else to describe an album that opens with a roaring, revving engine and ends with a death on a highway?
    The force that insists Dave write songs eschewed by a DJ-dominated, substance-free commercial music age is the same force that taught himself to play guitar on a flimsy nylon-string junker and led him to join a Church band as a fourteen year old, desperate to play in front of an audience, any audience, even one seated in pews. Dave had played piano since the age of eight but guitar was a calling that led to his distinctive, self-described ‘crash and burn’ style of playing/stomping, one any witness to a DWME show would instantly recognise and begin air-guitaring to. 
    Radio offered little guidance in Colac, a place where no original bands played and aspiring musicians sought escape. Aussie bands 1927, Icehouse and Cold Chisel were early favourites but it was a fellow singer/songwriter named Bruce Springsteen who planted the seed of staring down a spotlight in front of a microphone, six-string in hand. A lack of guitar wizardry and zero confidence in singing did nothing to dissuade Dave from watching Springsteen’s ‘Rosalita’ video from 1978 and grasping a concept of how a band – HIS band – would work. The release of Springsteen’s 75-85 live box set further hardened Dave’s vision, a vision that remained firm through several years of playing keyboards in a variety of Melbourne bands. 
    What would evolve into Dave Wright and the Midnight Electric began with drummer Liam Cameron-Jayes – the person Dave credits with helping him overcome his reticence to singing his songs – and soon included guitarist Rob Barber and bass player Tim Cavanagh. After playing keys on a pair of EPs – 2012’s Suicide Season and 2013’s For King and Country – Dave brought keyboardist Daryl Johnson into the fold. The addition of a horn section that featured John Bryant on trombone completed the line up that recorded their first album, 2014’s audacious The Lucky Country, a line up that now features Neil Salmon on drums and is exactly the band you’d expect to find standing amid the carnage that is the smouldering wasteland of rock and roll in 2017. Workers, believers, heavy lifters all, the members of DWME live solid lives by day and combust when clustered on stages small and large. 
    Why this band persists, why they’ve gained a following as loyal and generous as any in Australia – why this band matters – are the songs. Dave writes ‘em, the band fleshes ‘em out, and on stage they resurrect the glory of Aussie rock past and hope for a similarly glorious future. Six of the eight songs on HWY are about driving and two of those songs are over eight minutes long. A record that knocks you on your ass, helps you back up, and knocks you right back down. Dave sought a markedly higher production value for the band’s second outing and remains staggered at just how sonically stellar HWY sounds. It’s a record that recalls Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker’s Damn the Torpedoes, Dire Straits’s Love Over Gold … even Springsteen’s Born to Run. 
    Heady words for a brilliant album. Turn the lights back on, boys … rock and roll ain’t dead yet. 

    "Darling leave the lights on, I'm coming home tonight..."
  • Sun
    29
    Oct
    2017

    THE GLORIOUS NORTH

    5pm
     
    The Glorious North is a country rock band from Melbourne Australia. Their debut album, 'Welcome to the Glorious North' invites you into a whiskey-stained world of lost loves, loaded Lugers and booze-addled broken hearts. 

    Early Paul Kelly, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Wilco are some of the influences you will hear echoing through 'Welcome to The Glorious North', creating a sound that is supercharged country pop. Lyrics to lead you into the beautiful darkness tell tales of small bars in the small hours and the sordid sins of lost and lonesome souls. 

    'Welcome to The Glorious North' adds to a lineage that runs from Hank Williams to Nick Cave and it's sure to make you want to cry, cheer and puke into your Stetson ... possibly all at the same time.
  • Fri
    03
    Nov
    2017

    Junior Fiction with Tragic Carpet & Jungle Cuffs

    8PM

     

    Three great bands. One great place. Free entry.

    JUNIOR FICTION https://soundcloud.com/sam-gaul/another-part-dies
    TRAGIC CARPET https://www.facebook.com/tragiccarpetmusic/
    JUNGLE CUFFS https://www.facebook.com/junglecuffsband/

  • Sun
    05
    Nov
    2017

    Nathan Brett Trio

    5pm

  • Thu
    09
    Nov
    2017

    SHEBEAT

    8PM

    SheBeat is a UK singer songwriter originally from Liverpool. Expect tall tales and perfect portions of hum-a-long acoustic folk pop. 60s influences mix with 90s indie favs PJ Harvey and Norah Jones. Order the first EP here https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/shebeat/id934271628
  • Fri
    10
    Nov
    2017

    Claude Hay

    8PM

     

    Claude Hay’s latest film clip single ͞Burn͟ makes political commentary on the corporate greed and cover up of the coal seam gas fracking industry which is an issue close heart in his home town of Katoomba Blue Mountains plus greater NSW.

    Hay says:͞Burn lyrics were written after watching 2 documentaries on fracking, one pro-fracking and one against. I dug around on the web to find out more on the pro-fracking doco and to no surprise I found out it was funded by one of the big petrochemical company's...pure rage naturally came out͟.

    The film clip was shot and edited by Australian film maker and IF Award winner Michael Joy (Men's Group) featuring the breath taking landscapes of the upper Blue Mountains just a stones throw away from Hay's humble abode and studio. It was the first song written for his album Roller Coaster and features a 3 piece band, diversifying from Hay's well-loved One Man Band act.

    For this single tour one can expect the Claude Hay show to be a mixture of the old favorites as the solo One Man Band as well as some re-workings of older tracks in trio mode along with the single Burn and other Roller Coaster tracks.

  • Sat
    11
    Nov
    2017

    Chelsea Drugstore

    8PM

  • Sun
    12
    Nov
    2017

    Roz Girvan and Band

    5pm

    A country-soul songwriter with a talent for finding the extraordinary in the everyday, Roz Girvan has been part of Melbourne’s roots music community for many years.

    Roz’s 2017 album release ‘East’ was launched with a sold out show at Melbourne’s Spotted Mallard and performed with a 10 piece band including the masterful Ed Bates(pedal steel), Jeb Cardwell(guitar/banjo), Greg Field(mandolin/violin), Dave Evans(accordion/keyboard), Steve Hadley(bass), Scott Bennett(drums) and Suzannah Espie.

    Her band High Horses claimed a place in the vibrant alternative country culture of Melbourne’s pubs from 2005 to 2011 – playing live to air on ABC Radio, 3RRR, 3PBS and the 2007 Apollo Bay Music Festival. The High Horses lineup included Julitha Ryan (Silver Ray) and Bron Henderson (The Spoils). In March 2010 they released their album ‘Pearls Before Swine’.

    In 2011 and 2012 Roz wrote and performed her songs in the 6 piece Bluegrass lineup ‘Oh Sister’.

    Since then Roz has performed regularly with Irish singer-songwriter Gallie including at the Port Fairy Folk Festival and the Caravan Music Club.

    Roz has also shared the stage with many of Melbourne’s best known voices including Vika and Linda Bull, Suzannah Espie, Jeb Cardwell(Backward Creatures), Peter Somerville(The Pheasant Pluckers), Liz Stringer and Rebecca Barnard.

  • Sat
    18
    Nov
    2017

    Chris Pickering Experiment

    8PM

    The Experiment's next show is on Saturday November 18th at The Labour in Vain in Fitzroy. Two sets of unadulterated pop music masquerading as extended improvisation, exotic mysticism, and weltschmerz. 

    This story starts somewhere around here: in 2008 Chris Pickering decided to pack his bags and guitar, and relocate to one of the most competitive music cities in the world, Nashville, Tennessee. It was working and recording in Nashville that began to shape the future direction of his own unique songwriting style, a style that is to be found all through his latest releases, the EP Corners, and the release of his latest album Canyons in August 2016. This album contains all new material recorded in the United States in Nashville, TN, and Joshua Tree, CA.

    The five years that Chris spent in Nashville were a pivotal point in his evolution as a songwriter, the results of which will be become apparent on his new album, Canyons. Whilst in Nashville he befriended and played alongside many of the finest up-and-coming crop of songwriters and performers in Nashville, including Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, Kelsey Waldon, Caitlin Rose, Cale Tyson, Kelsey Waldon, and numerous others. The album is the result of recordings that have been made at Bomb Shelter in Nashville, and Hicksville Studios in Joshua Tree, CA. Accordingly, Chris engaged the services of producer Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes) and up-and-coming Australian producer and artist Adrian Mauro (Machine Age) to help administer the final touches to his latest work.

    As with many of Chris’s recordings, he plays almost all the instrumentation on the album, with guest appearances from fellow Nashville musicians and band-members (Caitlin Rose, Mark Fredson, Grant ‘Big Smokey’ Johnson, and Michael Flanders), and Australian collaborators too (Ben Tolliday, Savannah Jo Lack, Chloe Turner).

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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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