The People Being The People Party 2/6/17

Gerry Bain of Swirl Records chats about the inception of the Friday June 2nd event, the People Being The People Party:

A few months ago I was planning a gig for Swirl Records. It was to be held at the old faithful - the Crown + Anchor - and to be a celebration of Adelaide’s garage/punk scene.

Five sick local bands - some well known, some not so well known. This gig in particular was a tricky one from the get-go. Originally penned as an EP launch for one of our bands, the event went through several lineup changes as bands dropped out, bands changed names and other events planned on the same night were announced. 

When it finally came time to drop the event on the social network, we had a strong name, a strong image and a damn strong lineup. Leading the charge were our very own village hunks - Goon Wizarrd. These guys are pure punk, they do music their own way with their own style. As people started to respond to the event, I received a pressing early morning message from GW frontman Angus Clark.

Direct Quote - 21 MARCH 10:52 ‘ey big bain, whats the lineup like for the cranker gig? is it entirely a boys-club?

The lineup was an entirely boyishly boyish boys-club. A lineup so boyish, I, being a boy, was ignorant to the fact that it was a boys club. 

Angus and I talked for the next half an hour, deliberating over what to do with the gig. He had made a very strong stand: Goon Wizarrd were not to play. Call it a protest, call it a political stand, call it a fucking over-reaction, what Goon Wizarrd did was as powerful as anything I have come across in the music industry. A move deserving respect and respect only.

I have always seen myself as an educated thinker; I like to look at situations from every angle and I naturally feel empathy towards a disadvantaged human. So to have a statement like this thrown at my face was a big ol’ kick in my inflated moral conscience.  

After attempting to book some appropriate female acts, a theme arose. The strength of the local music scene I was involved in was directed so strongly towards the male garage rock crowd. Not to take anything away from this strong group of bands, but shit, Adelaide is pumping out some insane new progressive music. I want to be at the forefront of it. I want to platform it.

Around the same time as my conversation with Angus, I went for coffee with Lili Harrison (Co-owner of this Mag). We have known each other for a bunch of years and we’re keen to help each other with our respective endeavours. After Lili had smashed through 4 coffees, we settled on an idea for a party. A celebration of the local scene with an emphasis on modern female creations. After a quick message to Laura Gentgall, curator of Girl Space - a female and female identifying safe arts collective - we created a night platforming the best in local psych/pop/dance/rock music and digital, visual, political, empowered art and film.

Fast-forward 2 months and here we are with ‘The People Being The People Party.’ Along with Girl Space and Culture Club, Swirl Records are insanely proud to be presenting a stage at Ancient World on Friday June 2nd. The night will play host to a bunch of people doing things people do. An opportunity to support and platform girls of Adelaide doing wicked things.  

SEE YA THERE!

Thanks for givin’ it a crack.

KASHAGUAVA // LUCY ZOLA // MADISON ROWE // GABI AND THE KISSES // KATIE POMERY // HUNT // ISABELLA WHITTAKER // CARLY KATE HARVY // ELEANOR GREEN // LAURA GENTGALL // RUBY HEALEY + LILI HARRISON // $10 TICKETS AT THE DOOR

Gerry Bain