Rabbit Radio and GD FRNDS: Off the Tracks

Rabbit Radio and GD FRNDS DJs came together and brought the Cold Ghost music scene a warming night of dreamy psych, rainbow rock, classic punk and indie grooves via some of the GC’s favourite locals Radolescent, Yes Sir Noceur and Von Villains – as well as Sydney blow-ins Borneo – at the Coast’s now oldest running music venue Miami Shark Bar.

As soon as the doors opened, 100 very excited and ready-to-party punters poured in.  As time went by the room filled up faster and than anyone could have predicted. The drinks were pouring and the dance floor packed the entire night. Kudos to the amazing team at Rabbit Radio for putting this together along with GD FRNDS. By the end of the night it was obvious everybody wanted more.

Radolescent opened up the night and although these guys are fresh to the local music scene they have already captured our attention.  That night they walked away with a brigade of new fans making it obvious that a 30 minute set was not enough for everyone out there. Yes Sir Noceur played an astounding and mind-altering set dripping with visionary psych and warm, soft guitar. One of the best sets I have seen from these guys so far, they are really nailing their style and it’s delicious. Von Villains literally had everybody moving from the front of the room right down to the team at the merch table. Their infectious brand of indie pop and garage punk is undeniably contagious and they have worked at making it just so. The perfect warm up for Sydney sophisto punk masters Borneo who had everybody in the room grooving along the entire way through their set.

What a pleasure it was to witness such an a immense collection of talent. By the end of their set I couldn’t believe that was it, I needed more! But unfortunately time restrictions, licences and other powers that be had the final word and we were soon all ushered out onto the street where hundreds of people hugged, reminisced highlights, made new friends, shared the last of their drinks and cigarettes before being sent out on their way.  Discussions of future gatherings such as this were heard leaking throughout the crowd and all I can add is DO IT.  The Gold Coast needs more live music, the scene is coming back, we are creating something worth fighting for. So run with it, make it wild and keep those dance floors packed and dark rooms buzzing.

A successful night by any means. The Gold Coast has arguably one of the most supportive, progressive and alive music scenes in Australia, forget what you’ve been told about other cities, we come out in full force when we do. That’s something to be proud of. See you all Off The Tracks soon…

PHOTOS: Daniel Witchey

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