On this episode of the Scenery we invited good friends and no hope vagrant ex-band guys, Matthew Hayward of Central Deli Band and Dr Ianto Ware of No Through Road, to talk about Ocean Graves II: The Sinking of the Two Ships.
During the great Jade Monkey saga of 2012 it was easy to forget that another victim of the developing minds of this city was the basement dweller, Two Ships, and it’s proprietor Luke Davey. The small basement bar, the very thing that many in this city have been calling for to invigorate the identity of the city (ie VIBRATORS, liquor licensing reform etc.) has housed an array of good fucking bands of varying genres, as well as tequila fueled dance till four in the morning parties where you were inevitably going to be grinded on by Mike Radz. Perfectly partnered with the Jade Monkey, the stalwart live music venue, the Ships would open doors as the Monkey closed.
Two Ships was still in it’s infancy when it was revealed that the Jade Monkey building was to be demolished and replaced with a hotel complex. It was only fitting that the venues should receive a sending off that was deserved of their positive effect on the Adelaide live music scene, and culture as a whole.
Enter Ocean Graves.
For the first time The Jade Monkey and Two Ships joined forces and opened both floors to give the people of Adelaide a true live music party. Two stages with four bands each. The Jade stage featured the veteran players of the Adelaide music scene, Avant Gardeners, Central Deli Band, No Through Rd and Banham led band The Dreamboats. The Two Ships stage housed the next crop of Adelaide favorites with Swimming, Major Crimes, Sparkspitter and Old Mate.
The show, a sell out, was an endearing testament to coming together of good people who do give a shit about being able to see a real band, have a beer or what have you and importantly just have a honest good time.
Speaking of honest good times the following audio, the first time we’ve podcasted an entire show, was neither honest or good. We are very, very sorry (actually we aren’t, it was fucking awesome. beep bop.)
Spoz did his blog thing for the Graves here
and Sia took some nice photos here
Here’s the feature tracks for this week
Remember this one forever Adelaide, it was swell.
to your good health.