A big thanks to Graham for his support of our new album Baltimore Train on a couple of the shows he stewards, the HDD show and Alive Breakfast.
The HDD show is an important show in the community as it has a focus on Dads and the general well being and Mental Health of people in the midst of this vital role, particularly if you’re a single Dad. The show is peppered with plenty of absolutely fantastic bad jokes to keep the spirits up and keep the Australian self deprecating humour alive and well.
I think that all too often the stoic line the Australian male is corralled into can lead to what can only be described as a devastating sense of isolation. To have an accepting accessible group of like minded. Individuals provides a much need perspective. Perspective leads to relief when a person realises they’re not the only one facing the struggle, and that leads to self acceptance and the ability to start liberating oneself from self loathing and feelings of despair.
On top of all that is the airing of Australian independent music which all Artists need to survive both financially and psychologically, to keep the fire alive.The set lists are so wickedly diverse replicating the Australian scene at this point, healthy and diverse. You might not know that if you only ever tune into playlisted stations where the DJ has no freedom nor usually knowledge of what’s out there.
This isn’t surprising to me as Graham ran the Aria record store which was close to a venue that everyone played at back in the day, a venue I booked and lived in intermittently “ Club Paradise “ it was a thriving club and Thursday night was the original band night, I saw YAI there before anyone had heard much about them, I met Nick Cave who was there seeing some bands, so there’s a little bit of crossed paths.