“Is this a real church?” asks Big Smoke’s jokester drummer Luke Brennan. Yes, it is. With a name that promises nothing but a good time, The Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo is the charming factory-turned chapel tucked away in a city laneway and playing host to Parlour's, Holy Days. Holy thou they are. As the springtime sunlight faded into a cool October night, the boys of Melbourne quartet Big Smoke offered up their own rock and roll prayers to the crowded, candle-lit room.
Pared back for the intimate setting, the acoustic set still rolled with the band’s unique twang of folk rock; the bare bones sound giving those signature soulful lyrics added command. The crowd, casually draped over cushions on the floor or perched on make-shift pews, were spellbound by the raw and rustic homily, which included a stunning alternative version of the title track of latest record Lately. Known for his soaring vocals, frontman Adrian Slattery channelled more of Dylan as he powered through the performance with laryngitis, occasionally handing over the reins to Brennan who enchanted with smooth vocals and (mostly) smooth jokes “you’d find us funny if you hung out with us,” he promised. But that was the magic of the night – hanging out with this charming band, in this charming chapel and feeling like you were part of something just a little Boogaloo-sacred.
Tripod Featured Gig
Catherine Britt Featured Gig
Dallas Fracsa performing in the Parlour Office.
We got to check out one of Ed Kuepper/The Aint's Parlour Gigs.
We spoke to Kav Temperley of Eskimo Joe at Plug Seven Records on Smith Street, to dig some dirt on his favourite records.
Spending an afternoon listening to Gena Rose Bruce made us all very happy at Parlour HQ!
Katy Steele (Little Birdy) In the Parlour
A night with Aaron Gocs!
Furphy Gig at the Geelong Brewery
Furphy Gig at Geelong Brewery
Furphy Gig at Geelong Brewery with The Kite Machine
Furphy Gigs with Gymnastics in the Seventies
Featured Gig with Jodi and Trish from The Clouds
Bread, Milk & Vinyl with Ella Thompson
Featured Gig with Mia Dyson in Kew
Featured Gig with Didirri
Featured Gig with Guttermouth
Featured Gig with Jordie Lane & Clare Reynolds
Impromptune with Oh Mercy
Under the Covers (UTC) with Francesca Gonzales
Under the Covers (UTC) with Naomi Keyte
Featured Gig with Harry James Angus - I Saw Red
Masterclef with The Little Stevies
House Tour with Barry Morgan
Featured Gig with Oh Mercy
Featured Gig with Lisa Mitchell - California (Phantom Planet Cover)
Masterclef with Didirri
Featured Gig with Little Georgia - Oh California
House Tour with Josh Cashman
Impromptune with Skyscraper Stan
Under the Covers (UTC) with Tracy McNeill & Dan Parsons
Featured Gig with Jack Carty