This page is essentially a list of all the shows that the band has played – or at least the ones I can remember. I may even give a brief description of the highlights of that show – I may not. If anyone can help me with gigs I’ve missed or bands we’ve played with but I’ve failed to mention, please let me know.
88. Sunday January 26, 2014, Australia Day – SHITFEST, The Tote, Johnston Street, Collingwood with The Gooch Palms, Cut Sick!, Batpiss, Hierophants, Gentlemen, A.D. Skinner and The Pink Tiles. DJ Homeless and DJ Lex Dev
87. Saturday January 18, 2014, “Port Royal” street party, Fennell Street, Port Melbourne with Cosmic Psychos, Meanies, The Murlocs, Harmony, Straight Arrows, Drunk Mums, Batpiss, The Spinning Rooms and Ausmuteants
86. Friday January 17, 2014 – Cherry Bar, AC/DC Lane, Melbourne with The Living Eyes and Drunk Mums
85. Sunday December 22, 2013 – Public Bar “Sunday School”, Victoria Street, North Melbourne with Bone, Orlando Furious, Doctopus and Wife Eyes
84. Friday December 20, 2013 – Grace Darling “Xmas Party”, Smith Street, Collingwood with The Living Eyes, Cuntz, Reptiles and Wet Blankets
83. Friday December 13, 2013 – Old Bar, Johnson Street, Fitzroy with Batpiss, Deep Heat and Bad Vision
82. Friday December 6, 2013 – Public Bar, Victoria Street, North Melbourne with Straight Jacket Nation and Ratsak, “Spiral Objective” Benefit Concert
81. Thursday December 5, 2013 – Edinburgh Castle, Sydney Road, Brunswick with Beat Disease
80. Friday November 29, 2013 – “Shut up and Skate Vol. 2” Art exhibition by Steve “Mongo” Cohen, 159 Sackville Street, Collingwood with Lecherous Gaze (USA), Cut Sick, White Walls and Batpiss
79. Saturday November 16, 2013 – Edinburgh Castle Hotel, Sydney Road, Brunswick with Real Numbers (USA), Chook Race and School of Radiant Living
78. Friday September 13, 2013 – Workers Club, Fitzroy, Living Eyes 7″ launch with Living Eyes, Hierophants and Pronto
77. Saturday September 6, 2013 – The Public Bar, North Melbourne with Bad Vision and Them Nights
76. Saturday August 17, 2013 – Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood, Anti-Fade “New Centre of the Universe Volume 2” record launch with Straight Arrows, Cobwebbs, Leather Towel, Tiny Migrants, The Towelheads, The Nugs, The Sulfur Lights, Turtlenecjk, Counsellor of Aging and Wonderboy
75. Friday August 16, 2013 – Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong, Anti-Fade “New Centre of the Universe Volume 2” record launch with Straight Arrows, Cobwebbs, Tiny Migrants, The Nugs, The Sulfur Lights, Turtlenecjk, Counsellor of Aging and Wonderboy
74. Wednesday July 31, 2013 – Tote (Cobra Bar), Johnston Street, Collingwood, with Pronto and Cuntz
73. Sunday July 21, 2013 – Gasometer, Smith Street, Collingwood, with Daylight Robbery (USA), Deep Heat and Gentlemen
71. Saturday 13 July, 2013 – The Turtlehead, Constitution Rd, Dulwich Hill, Sydney, NSW, with Palmar Grasp, Frame 313, Obat Batuk and Mr Beautiful
70. Friday 12 July, 2013 – The Square, Sydney, New South Wales, with Oily Boys, Housewives and Sucks
69. Friday March 1, 2013 – John Curtin Hotel, Lygon Street, Carlton, with Tyrannamen, Bone and The Kremlings
68. Friday February 1, 2013 – Tote, Collingwood, with Nobunny and The Gooch Palms
67. Sunday January 27, 2013 – John Curtin Hotel, Carlton, with Peep Tempel and Batpiss
66. Saturday January 5, 2013 – The Old Bar, Fitzroy, with Cuntz (LP launch), Jackals and Hyperborea
65. Thursday December 13, 2012 – Tote (front bar), Collingwood, with Gentlemen
64. Saturday November 3, 2012 – Tote, Collingwood, with Cosmic Psychos
63. Friday September 28, 2012 – Hi-Tone, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, “Gonerfest” with Nobunny, River City Tanlines, Gary Wrong Group, Bad Sports and Not
62. Wednesday September 26, 2012 – Star Community Bar, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, with GG King and Wymyns Prysyn
61. Tuesday September 25, 2012 – Euclid Records, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
60. Monday September 24, 2012 – The Korova (basement), San Antonio, Texas, USA, with Riichard Simmonz, A Pinch of Salt, American Swine, One Action and Without Profit
59. Sunday September 23, 2012 – Beerland, Austin, Texas, USA, with Crooked Bangs, Suburban Void and ?
58. Saturday September 22, 2012 – The Hemlock, San Francisco, California, USA, with Yi, Synthetic ID and Man Hands
57. Saturday August 25, 2012 – Godzilla Bar, Clifton Hill, with Ghetto Ghetto
56. Saturday August 18, 2012 – The Old Bar, Fitzroy, with Gentlemen (tape launch), Dead Boomers and Old Skin
55. Saturday August 4, 2012 – The Nash (National Hotel), Geelong, “Cut Sleeves LP Launch”, with The Kremlings, The Living Eyes and Poppin’ Mommas
54. Friday August 3, 2012 – Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood, “Cut Sleeves LP Launch”, with Tyrannamen and Ally Oop and the Hoopsters
53. Saturday July 14, 2012 – Yah Yahs, Collingwood, with Bad Vision and Batpiss
Here’s a review of that gig as it appeared in Beat magazine:
Saturday night saw Yah Yah’s on Smith Street fully exposed to the dirtiest, drunkest, scuzziest punk-rock that Melbourne has to offer. As a prelude to their upcoming record release shows, Bits Of Shit organised this pearler of a freebie.
Upbeat garage rockers Bad Vision opened the evening’s antics with their brand of raw, lo-fi indie-rock: reminiscent of early Yeah Yeah Yeahs with a distinctly punk edge. Their lead guitarist wailed biting solo licks over fast, frantically strummed rhythms, held together by a tight, energetic drummer and slathered in the rock‘n’roll squeals of a slightly over-the-top vocalist. As they loosened up this band only got better and if the venue had been packed early, Bad Vision would have killed it. Regardless, the four-piece instantly involved a pretty drab early crowd that slowly built to full capacity over the night.
BATPISS generated a wall of noise with their brand of punk-grunge, characterised by bodacious chunky riffs, hard-hitting drums and stoner-doom vibes. They seem to draw influence from all the best ‘70s heavy metal, ‘80s hardcore/punk and ‘90s punk rock, in the vein of modern hardcore/metal bands like Doomriders and Witch, with a healthy dose of straight rock ‘n’roll. These boys smashed out thick, bass-heavy tones, shouted gang choruses and shredded blisteringly loud, pestilential, crunchy guitar leads with savage energy that the crowd lapped up for the entirety of a solid set.
Bits Of Shit put on the best show of the night. Their old-school American hardcore meets UK-punk sound sprayed a packed crowd for a solid hour with loose, insane crassness. Their vocalist screamed and spat in a helium-pitched rage, simultaneously theatrical and terrifying like The Rocky Horror Picture Show.Aggressive drums packed in fast, groovy fills, pulling together dirty distorted riffs and thrashing bass guitar. Any self-respecting young musician should hope that when he/she hits 40 that they’re half as cool as these badarse bastards. Bits Of Shit are holding release shows for their Cut Sleeves LP in August. If you like denim jackets, beer and screaming at the top of your lungs: attend.
There’s something so refreshing about seeing a bunch of honest people play music that they genuinely love playing. Especially when what they love playing is noisy, boozy and crazy as fuck. Get out and see these bands immediately, it’s even better than the movies.
BY JEREMY MILLAR
LOVED: The lack of any on-stage pretence from the bands.
HATED: The ringing in my ears: things got unbearably loud at times.
DRANK: Cider and beer.
52b. Saturday July 7, 2012 – Old Bar, Fitzroy, with Tough Troubles, Repairs and Zond
52a. Saturday July 7, 2012 – The Sporting Club, Brunswick
51. Thursday May 31, 2012 – Bar Open, Fitzroy, “Cuntz CD Launch” with Cuntz, Liam and Passion Fruit
50. Saturday May 26, 2012 – Tote front bar, Collingwood, with Beat Disease and Bad Aches
49. Friday May 18, 2012 – Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood, with Sex Tape, Spinning Rooms and Cuntz
48. Wednesday April 18, 2012 – Grace Darling (basement), Collingwood, with The Bonniwells and Cuntz
47. Friday April 6, 2012 – Old Bar, Fitzroy, with Los Chicos and The Swinging Nutsacks
46. Saturday March 24, 2012 – Old Bar, Fitzroy, with Late Arvo Sons, Soma Coma and Bad Aches
45. Sunday March 18, 2012 – “All Good in the Wood”, Collingwood with Hotel Wrecking City Traders, Harmony, Spinning Rooms, Jackals, Batpiss, TTTBC, Deep Heat and Beat Disease
44. Friday March 16, 2012 – Workers Club, Fitzroy, with SMRTS, The Bonniwells and Tall Buildings
43. Friday March 2, 2012 – Tote, Collingwood, with Ouch My Face, Midnight Woolf and Bad Aches
42. Friday February 17, 2012 – Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood, with Batpiss and Cuntz
41. Sunday December 11, 2011 – Fitzroy Bowls Club, North Fitzroy, with OFF! and Extortion
40. Thursday December 8, 2011 – Gasometer, Collingwood, “Benefit for Mahmoud”, with Hierophants, Concrete Life and Panel Van Halen
39. Thursday November 17, 2011 – Tote, Collingwood, with X, Spinning Rooms and Sarah Chadwick
38. Sunday November 13, 2011 – Gasometer, Collingwood, with Chook Race and Bad Aches
37. Saturday November 5, 2011 – Red Rattler, Marrickville NSW, “Maggot Fest II” with The Sailors, Royal Headache, Chrome Dome, Repairs, Terrible Truths, Chook Race, Per Purpose, Tough Troubles, Bad Aches, Meat Thump, Thee Billy Childish, The Sweats
36. Saturday August 20, 2011 – Penny Black, Brunswick with Ally Oop and the Hoopsters and Jhonny?
35. Saturday August 13, 2011 – Noise Bar, Brunswick with Soma Coma, A-Bomb Whores and Panel Van Halen
34. Saturday July 30, 2011 – The Tote, Collingwood, Week Five of Residuncy with Manny Fox Hangman’s Club
33. Saturday July 23, 2011 – The Tote, Collingwood, Week Four of Residuncy with Pneumatic Slaughter
32. Saturday July 16, 2011 – The Tote, Collingwood, Week Three of Residuncy with King Leghorn
31. Saturday July 9, 2011 – The Tote, Collingwood, Week Two of Residuncy with Total Control
30. Sunday July 3, 2011 – Marquis of Lorne Hotel, Fitzroy with The Terry McCarthy Special
29. Saturday July 2, 2011 – The Tote, Collingwood, Week One of Residuncy with The Murdered Birds
28. Thursday June 9, 2011 – Ding Dong Lounge, Chinatown, “Burn that Cat” with The Living Eyes and Hierophants
This was a cracker of a night, although it wasn’t really that well represented in the number of people that braved the Melbourne winter to see this quality line-up in the heart of Chinatown. I hadn’t been to Ding Dong for years but the place hasn’t changed at all. It has the stickiest dancefloor I think I’ve ever come across – worse than the old Tote bandroom! Anyway, The Living Eyes (NOT The Living End!) were first to take the stage. Awesome. Genuine sixties punk snarl with the musical chops to back it up. A demented singer who was genuinely menacing as he smashed his tambourine (!) to smithereens and threw the pieces at the small number of punters in the crowd. We were next and once Pete had set his kit up, just in time over the insistence of the the antsy mixer, La Dusseldorf‘s “White Overalls” came over the speakers. An omen as we used to play a version of this song. We played well. Hierophants were next and didn’t disappoint. They wore masks, played Sex Pistols AND GG Allin and one of their players is the son of ex-Bored! original bass player, Grant Gardener. What more could you ask for. A TOP night.
27. Friday June 3, 2011 – Retreat Hotel, Brunswick with River of Snakes
26. Thursday May 26, 2011 – Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick with Buftie Boys, and Red Twenties
This was a really fun night, although low key. King Leghorn pulled out on the night due to illness so we were left a little short but thought that Red Twenties could go on later. However, when we arrived they were already playing and into their last song. We fucked around a little and tried to waste some time but the bar staff were getting a bit antsy – no music = no-one at the bar drinking. Anyway, Pete finally turned up, Bits of Shit and Buftie Boys drew straws and we went on first. The crowd was vocal. “Play something good!” But, they were loving it, especially the older, looser patrons. Buftie Boys were good too. Drank the rider then went to work the next day with a head that felt like lead. $110 for the three bands – you do it for the love…and the adulation.
25. Saturday April 30, 2011 – Old Bar, Fitzroy with Ouch My Face, Circuits and Damn Terran
24. Sunday April 24, 2011 – Phoenix Hotel, Canberra with ?
Can’t really remember who the other bands were that we played with on this night, but I do remember enjoying the first band up. The singer had a very dry sense of humour…and they let us borrow their gear. This was a real bonus because they had some kick arse amps. The Phoenix is a tiny room, the rear of an Irish bar. A lot of the people who had seen (or barely seen) us play at McCawley house were there and they were pumped. People were getting tossed around like rag dolls. On shoulders and into tables. At one stage a fella crawled onto the stage. Danny held him down under his foot and kept singing. It was a big sound. We felt like Turbonegro or Metallica. And the bands were kind enough to give us their money for the trip home. Would definitely do The Phoenix again.
23. Sunday April 24, 2011 – McCawley House, Canberra with Killing Birds and Bad Lifers
22. Saturday April 23, 2011 – Clovelly Bowls Club, Sydney with feedtime, 3 toed sloth, Fabulous Diamonds, Exiles from Clowntown, Meat Thump, Rock Boycott and Whores
This was one of those gigs that I had always dreamed of. A beautiful location and playing with my childhood heroes, feedtime. I didn’t know they were going to be on the bill but there was a rumour. When I saw the boys seated in the room, seperately, I got excited. Andrew from 3-toed sloth let it slip that they might be playing so then I got really excited and let the world know. It was meant to be a secret warm-up gig before they headed off to San Francisco so I felt extremely privileged to be part of it. There was a bit of twoing and froing regarding the line-up but we gave it a red hot go and played pretty well. Meat Thump were next and Brendon didn’t look like he was going to go the distance. My favourite Meat Thump moment was when they played the Cosmic Psychos‘ “Can’t come in”. Brendon lost momentum during the solo so he stopped playing, bent over and picked up his beer. The bass player hadn’t picked up on this and was rocking away until he turned to face Brendon with a beer in his hand, obviously finished with the song. Song then ended. Fabulous Diamonds were OK, Whores were good and 3-toed sloth were great but it was feedtime that stole the show. Breathtaking in intensity and integrity it was one of those shows that left you speechless and raving all at once. A killer.
21. Friday April 24, 2011 – Black Wire Records with Unity Floors and Never Right
We rolled into Sydney at about 6:30 on Good Friday to play this gig. “Can we buy beers here?” we asked. “Nah, mate. Everything’s closed. It’s a religious holiday. I make the same mistake myself, every year.” Fuck! We’ve been driving all day and just wanna whet the old whistle. The pubs are open but they’re pretty suburban. Beautiful old buildings that have been ruined in the name of progress and good taste. Anyway, we have a few and can get a couple more at the gig but it’s gonna be pretty dry in Sydney tonight. While waiting to play I head down to the nearest kebab joint for a burger. I’m wearing my colours in a strange town. Sitting at a table out the front, eating dinner a couple of Hells Angels walk in. I freak and leg it. As I retell this chain of events back at Black Wire the locals look noticably nervous. Apparently the Angel’s clubhouse is just around the corner and there is rumours of them bombing and hassling the local businesses. This news made us bolshy. We got up and played one of the worst shows to date but with a swagger that comes from ignorance. We were in Hells Angels turf fully patched. We felt like we’d just robbed the bank. The other bands were great too…AND they gave us their cut of the door! Sydney has been very good to us.
20. Saturday April 16, 2011 – Fried Cat Comix fundraiser, Barwon Club, Geelong with M.O.T.O., Bittersweet Kicks, Beard of Bees, Poppin’ Mommas, River of Snakes, Town Hall, Burn in Hell, Vice Grip Pussies, Neon and Venom, The Fool the fool the fool, Seedy Jeezus and Dukes of Deliciousness
19. Saturday April 8, 2011 – Tote front bar, Collingwood with Thee Mighty Childish
18. Friday April 1, 2011 – Victoria Hotel, Brunswick with Bad Aches
17. Friday March 11, 2011 – Old Bar, Fitzroy with Australian Kingswood Factory, First Time Hookers and Lumber
16. Sunday February 20, 2011 – Let’s get rid of Melbourne, Negative Guestlist tour, Yah Yahs, Collingwood with LowLife and Wonderfuls
15. Thursday January 20, 2011 – Yah Yahs, Collingwood with Daddy Long Legs, Buftie Boys and Bad Aches
I think this was the first gig with the new line-up. It was fitting that we played with Buftie Boys as that was Elias’s band at the time. I can’t remember a great deal about the night except that Daddy Long Legs looked like rugby league fans which was off-putting. Not a great gig but a good start to a fresh new crew. It would have been perfect if Brainwaves had played but I think they might have called it quits by then.
14. Saturday October 30, 2010 – “Maggotfest”, Tote, Collingwood with Bloody Hammer, Pee Wee, Carborator, Late Arvo Sons, Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys, Eat Lazer Scumbag, Dead Farmers, True Radical Miracle, Useless Children and The Mammaries
13. Thursday October 7, 2010 – Arthouse, Carlton with Blue Swimmers and Buftie Boys
12. Wednesday August 25, 2010 – Week 4 Old Bar Residency, Old Bar, Fitzroy with Teen Archer, Brainwaves and Flesh World
11. Wednesday August 18, 2010 – Week 3 Old Bar Residency, Old Bar, Fitzroy with Terry McCarthy Special and Bones Blackwood
10. Saturday August 14, 2010 – The Prague, Thornbury with Dead Canary, The Angle Sea, Society of Beggars and The Grain
9. Wednesday August 11, 2010 – Week 2 Old Bar Residency, Old Bar, Fitzroy with Knob and Galactagogue
8. Wednesday August 4, 2010 – Week 1 Old Bar residency, Old Bar, Fitzroy with D.I.C.K. Threats and Pneumatic Slaughter
7. Thursday July 15, 2010 – Bar Open, Fitzroy with Loamlines and Brainwaves
6. Friday June 4, 2010 – The Prague, Thornbury with DOG and ?
5. Saturday May 15, 2010 – Old Bar, Fitzroy with Constant Mongrel, Richie 1250 and the Brides of Christ and Russian Roulettes
4. Saturday April 17, 2010 as “Galeforce” – Fitzroy Bowls Club, Fitzroy with National Guard, Union Radio and Brainwaves
3. Thursday August 6, 2009 – Stained Sheets launch, Birmingham Hotel, Collingwood with ZOND, Wasted Truth, Repairs and Ivens
2. Saturday April 17, 2009 as a three piece – International Record Store Day, Eight Miles High Records, Thornbury with Valentiine and ?
1. Sunday February 17, 2009 as a two piece – Cim’s going away, Id Gaff, Collingwood with Ouch My Face