UPBEAT: Musicians Adam Button (left) and Peter Vickery keep the rock alive in Lismore.
UPBEAT: Musicians Adam Button (left) and Peter Vickery keep the rock alive in Lismore. Jacklyn Wagner

Live music scene loses beat

LISMORE muso Adam Button is still rocking out despite Lismore's 'dismal' live music scene.

The Black Ghost Party guitarist said it was 'harder than ever' to get a gig in his home town. While original music was his first love, the necessity to play in a cover band is paying the bills.

“There is now a pub culture in Lismore that favours the cover band,” he said.

According to those in the Lismore gig scene, the day the 'old' Winsome Hotel closed is the day that the music died - and music promoter Darren Bridge is at a loss as to how to bring it back to life.

Mr Bridge said the vibrant punk rock music scene, headquartered in grungy North Lismore, could not just be trans- planted over the bridge and into the gentrified pubs.

“August 17 was the day I stopped promoting bands at the Winsome. I had 45 gigs lined up until the end of January and I could only find homes for five of them. It was a very sad day for me,” he said.

However, Mr Bridge managed to recruit some of the old Winsome regulars such as Blurter, Black Ghost Party, Birdbrain, Slug, Tesla Coil and The Claymores to play at The New Tattersalls Hotel for the Rocktober night on October 31.

“The old room in the back of the Tatts is the last bastion of the indie rock scene in Lismore,” he said.

“We are fighting a war on mediocrity. We are fighting a war on anti-evolution. We are fighting a war against cover bands and near-sighted publicans.”

Mr Bridge feared while musos were still bashing tunes out in their bed- rooms, the Lismore sound - a bit psych-rock, a bit political, with lots of fuzz and wa-wa - would fizzle without the live music scene.



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