By Danger Coolidge
Unbelievably Bad Editor
For the past six years, Black Wire Records on Parramatta Road, Annandale, has been a DIY stronghold in a city that seemingly does its utmost to ensure no such thing shall exist.
The stage-less, ego-less, lamp-lit, All-Ages, BYO Sydney venue is a hub for exciting rock bands that generally don’t seek the regular limelight, and a gathering place / clubhouse for the underground music community. It’s pretty clear to saner citizens that Black Wire holds incredible importance, but more people should say it to their faces.
This weekend, Black Wire will throw a sixth birthday party with some of their best buds, H A N N A H B A N D, Canine, Nervous Habit and SNAPE.
Nathan Martin from H A N N A H B A N D, who have not only played Black Wire a lot but also had their most recent LP Quitting Will Improve Your Health released on the BW imprint, answers the big question: What does BW mean to the local music community, IYHO?
“Black Wire is instrumental to DIY in Sydney and Australia,” Nathan answers. “It has really set a benchmark for volunteer-run spaces in this country.
“[Organiser] Tom Scott’s open-minded approach to art and music has created a safe and welcoming venue that gives a large array of people a chance to perform or display their work.
“From a grind show to a poetry reading, or some young emo kids having a sad sing-along to crust punx getting wild, Black Wire is the saving grace of the decaying city that is Sydney.
“It is the backbone that supports so many smaller scenes of genre-specific music that otherwise may not have had the chance to be heard so conveniently or received so positively. Happy sixth b’day, Black Wire!”
Black Wire’s Now We Are Six birthday bash is on this Saturday, June 4, at Black Wire Records, Parramatta Rd, Annandale w/ H A N N A H B A N D, Canine, Nervous Habit and SNAPE.