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.
Ruby Jones w/ NEIL8PM
Loco Hombres5pmLoco Hombres playing original rockabilly, surf and dark country classics. Our fist LP due soon. Put your hands together & legs apart to the sounds of LOCO HOMBRES - one tequila at a time !! Ole! *Warning- Loco Hombres may contain traces of whiskey.
A musical rollercoaster with Melbourne icon Paul Slattery on vocals & guitar, and one of the city's best loved rhythm sections: Ben Wicks & Cam Smith.
Cold Irons Bound and The Happy Lonesome8PMCold Irons Bound is a Melbourne four-piece influenced by a mix of classic indie (The Church, R.E.M., The Replacements, Teenage Fanclub) and Americana (Dylan, Young, Petty, The Jayhawks).
Their self-titled debut album was recorded by Brooke Penrose (Saint Jude) at Captain B Studios in Melbourne and released in October 2016. The Big Takeover praised the record for commanding "an astute control of dynamic contrasts".
Their second album–‘Don’t Lose Your Mind’–was recorded in the summer of 2017-18 by Rohan Sforcina (Dune Rats, Fraser A Gorman) at Four Hundred Acres Recording Studio, and will be released on 27 April 2018.
Although the open tunings and earthy sensibility of their debut album are still in their DNA, the band have rediscovered their love of twelve string chime. With the keys of Joe Cope (Big Smoke, The Hello Morning) added to the mix, the ambition of the songwriting and arrangements is realised deftly in this sophomore record. Purposeful jams, room to breathe, and an aura of tuneful confidence are the result. The rockers do just that while the longer tracks go someplace new and aren’t afraid to look around when they get there.
Arlo Harley, Neil Wilkinson and Robert Patton8PM
Once again The Labour in Vain hotel will host an evening of solo acoustic performers with Arlo Harley, Neil Wilkinson and Robert Patton on the 31st of January 2019 kicking off at 7:30pm.
it will be a showcase of their original music come down for a cold beer amongst friends, we hope to see you there.
The Cowboys w/ Ruby Jones (duo)8PM
The Labour in Vain is a local institution, we will be bringing our dream doom this Saturday night with Ruby Jones performing her songs duo style with Jules Pascoe!
8PM - Ruby Jones (duo)
9PM - The Cowboys
Roz Girvin Band5pm
Our last band gig for the foreseeable future (I'm putting my time into some other projects for a while) - we've got the whole family as pictured - and it's going to be fun. Greg Field - mandolin/fiddle, Jeb Cardwell lead guitar/banjo, Ed Bates - pedal steel, Scott Bennett - Drums and Roy Girvan bass. It's a bloody supergroup! You're welcome to join us.
Under the sea w/ Golden Rail8PMInstrumental 2 piece project. Formed in 1997 in Melbourne. Specialising in home tape recordings and minimal sounds.
Garry David (Sydney) + Paul Kidney Experience8PM
Sydney vs Melbourne @the best pub in Fitzroy. What else do you want on an early February evening. It’s free so swing by and see what the fuss is all about.
Travis Winters Band5pm
Travis Winters is a Melbourne Blues guitarist and singer, performing original material along with personal arrangements of favourites and obscurities.
It's been a while since we've been out and about folks and I'm personally thrilled about popping my Labour in Vain cherry. Come on by the Labour in Vain and see us play — it's exciting and different!
THE GLORIOUS NORTH5pm
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.
Young Henrys Presents: Dumb Punts & Vertigo7pm
Young Henrys - Best Served Loud is a new series of free kick-ass live shows throughout the great state of Victoria in 2019.
We're opening proceedings at one of our favourite pubs The Labour In Vain and coming in hot with hometown heroes Dumb Punts and Brisvegas rockers Vertigo.
Young Henrys will be throwing a bar shout and running sweet beer specials all night so roll down for some loud tunes and tasty beverages.
The Garbage and the Flowers8PM
NZ cult legends The Garbage & the Flowers come out of the studio for a rare round of Melbourne shows this March.
March 1 - Labour In Vain
“Meshing the whispery, inward-looking pop of other New Zealand indie outfits of their day, like the Chills or the Bats with far more caustic, noisy freakouts, the band arrived at a unique sound that could be either delicate or demonic by turns.”
Insta - @TGATFband
Merch Store - https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/tgatf
The Barbs, Long Lunch8PM
The Escargo-go's return for the first time in bloody ages for one night of French oz rock punk psychedelic good times.
In town for a fleeting visit, US-based French-Australian frontman extraordinaire Charly 'cheese' Vanni will be joined by the usual suspects Stevie 'striker' Carter, Chris 'Drano' Drane, Matt 'Chow' Duffy, Derek 'Spence' Richards and Beau 'Beau' Skowron.
They'll be taking over the front bar of Fitzroy's finest, The Labour In Vain from 8 - 10pm Friday 8th March.
And Oui Oui, it's FREE
The Tarantinos5pmInspired by the Writer/Director Quentin Tarantino, 5 musicians from Melbourne formed The Tarantinos based on their fascination with the incredible versatile soundtracks accompanying his films.
They play the best known, (and some lesser known) songs from the films Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Dusk till Dawn, Kill Bill, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds and his latest hit Django Unchained.
The Tarantinos embody all the hard hitting style of the films in which they play the supporting soundtracks. With audio samples from the films, sharp costumes and an attitude to match, The Tarantinos bring their energy across the various musical genres that accompany films that have inspired them for many years.
The Surf/Rock clasics like Dick Dale’s “Misirlou”, The Lively Ones “Surf Rider”, George Baker Selection’s “Little Green Bag” and April March’s Chick habit are just a few of the amazing selection The Tarantinos have to offer in their always growing repertoire of songs from these amazing cult status films.
North-West Tasmania's premier Reigning Sound tribute band return after a well earnt rest post performing with the Man himself Mr Greg Cartwright, to share the love of classics such as I'll Cry, Stop & Think it Over, Drowning, Dangerous Game, and much much more (two whole sets worth) at The Labor in Vain Brunswick St Fitzroy, Fri March 15 from 8pm.
The Bakersfield Glee Club5pm
We ❤️ Live Music
As anyone who has ever visited the Labour In Vain knows, music is pretty much baked into every fibre of the joint.
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.