In the mid-1980s, Dan Warner’s and James Stewart’s band The Warner Brothers served its musical apprenticeship in the pubs of Melbourne and in the country towns of Victoria and NSW. The band played a lot of gigs, hundreds of them: The Prince of Wales; The Riverside Inn, The Prince Patrick; The John Barleycorn; The Lord Newry; The Auburn; The Albion Inn; The Station; The Great Britain; The Corner; The Richmond Club and The Moonee Valley. The Warner Brothers were one of the first bands to play The Punters Club.
At the outset, The Warner Brothers’ set mainly consisted of the songs of rockabilly and country legends such as Sid King, Wanda Jackson, Commander Cody, Hank Williams; Billy Lee Riley. The band also threw in some Dylan and Neil Young. In those days The Warner Brothers hoped to follow in the tradition of the Melbourne bands half a generation above them, many of whom the band had shared a bill with: The Paramount Trio, Boogie Two Shoes, The Crummy Cowboys, The Dancehall Racketeers.
Towards the end of the ‘80s, The Warner Brothers’ music morphed into their own interpretation of the Melbourne country sound, a permutation appropriate to their own generation. The Warner Brothers’ debut album, ‘Talking In Your Sleep’, was launched in the Gershwin Room at The Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda in mid 1992. The support band on the night was Maurice Frawley and The Working Class Ringoes. The Warner Brothers return to play at The Gasometer on Sunday 29 November. It kicks off at 4.30pm with 2 sets and free entry.