Just when we thought we were ready to pack away those countless Dashboard Confessional and From First To Last shirts, I’m here to tell you dear friends that emo fuckin’ LIVES, and it’s taking back Sydney with a brand spankin’ new monthly party.
Same, Jesse Lacey. Same.
Yes you read that correctly, and yes, the following is best viewed with AFI blaring. (Preferably the greatest album, Sing The Sorrow. Cheers.)
If you’re like me and look fondly back on nights in punk clubs, singing your heart out to various mid-00s emo bangers, you’re going to be stoked as hell to know that a few of the mates from the golden years have banded together to create AM//PM – and they’re going to bring the party to The Burdekin, starting on Good Friday Eve (that’s April 13 FYI).
They’ve grabbed Our Past Days, Between You And Me, Rumours and Whatever, Forever to launch the monthly nostalgia-heavy nights, and tbh I’m extremely ready for this.
After the closure of one of the city’s home for live alternative music (I’m talking about QBar/Spectrum here, R.I.P.) the folks from The Neighbourhood are hella keen to get bands back and playing shows in inclusive, safe spaces where a community of people can come together and celebrate the most important things to them – Pete Wentz and punk jumps.
Toby Bramley, co-founder of The Neighbourhood, felt the loss of spaces like Spectrum and Q-Bar provided a gap for AM//PM to take the lead and start something new.
“We really just feel that we have lost a venue to call home, and after years of waiting for something to pop up, we realised we needed to do it ourselves,” Toby says.
“It really means a lot to us that everyone, especially the younger kids who never experienced what it was like before, can come to a venue and feel safe, feel like they really belong in our little community.”
Prep your best mic-grabs, mates. (Photo: Pat O’Hara/POH Photography.)
The launch of AM//PM comes off the back of The Neighbourhood’s popular Haus Party earlier this year, which locked in the idea that it’s time to bring the party back for good.
It’s also undoubtedly a bold move against the Sydney lockout laws, which has pretty much turned the CBD into a bloody ghost town of a night time.
Grab your tickets for the event over here, and then get out your old iPod and memorise all the lyrics to The Black Parade again.
Photo: Pat O’Hara / POH Photography.