Four bands stand out as the leading lights of the Melbourne post-rock genre in the early/mid 2000s and while Laura, Because of Ghosts, This Is Your Captain Speaking and International Karate each crafted very individual styles, they are all bound by an aesthetic that speaks to the vast Australian landscape and helped to develop a uniquely Australian instrumental sound. These four bands are re-forming for a special one-off reunion show, ‘Museum 18’. These are the bands that took Melbourne post-rock around the globe, with more than a dozen albums between them, releases on labels in the UK, Europe and Japan and North American, Asian, UK and European tours.
Melbourne justifiably boasts about its rock’n’roll pedigree, producing world-renowned rock and indie acts and hosting more gigs every week than almost any city in the world - but when they write the musical history of our city, they will also need to include a chapter about the incredibly vibrant instrumental postrock scene in Melbourne in the 2000s.
Melbourne post-rock developed a cult underground following at this time, built on a special camaraderie amongst the bands and a zeitgeist that saw similar concentrations of like-minded acts in cities such as Montreal. The pinnacle of the movement revolved around a monthly instrumental curated night called MUSEUM and was held at the now long-gone Planet Café in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. The night hosted more than 80 bands over two years, with nearly all of them being instrumental acts.
Along with sold-out shows at venues such as The Rob Roy, The Corner Hotel, HiFi Bar and the East Brunswick Club, when arthouse music still thrived in suburbs now known for million dollar houses, the scene coalesced around regular appearances on Owen McKern’s Sunday afternoon instrumental show on 3RRR’s, ‘Delivery’.
Saturate yourself in the sound of Melbourne in the 2000s, with visuals created for each band by esteemed art-maker Aidan Phrase one of the original projection artists for Museum. Working with imagery from the original Museum series, Phrase will present refracted angles on the past and the present in a visual retrospective. Melbourne-based sound engineer extraordinaire, Nao Anzai will ensure that the show is an incredible immersive sonic experience.