Those of you familiar with the chap in the hat will, of course, recognize him as Frank DiNamo from the first three releases in the “Back on the Zine” series. The final release will be a beautiful 12″ vinyl EP in a gatefold press. Why a gatefold? Because it will take a full two pages to conclude the comic strip story that started all the way back in October 2017.
The Offtopics launching “Sunrise in Richmond” at Cherry Bar in 2017 (Photo: Con Cotsonis)
Part two, “Funky Grandma” got a live on-air launch during Vince Peach’s “Soul Time on 3PBS in March 2018.
Pictured Right to Left – Mark Bretherton (looking smooth), Vince Peach (looking cool) and Polash Larsen (looking like a sweaty goonda) (Photo: Probably Omid with Mark’s phone)
Part three, “A Man Needs Cooling” saw The Offtopics return to the scene of the crime… er… (the band’s first ever gig was at the Brunswick Mechanic’s Institute for a Metanoia Theatre Season launch). The band packed out the theatre and put on a fabbo show!
So much pointing! Don’t they know god kills a fairy when you point?? (Photo: Eddy Acheson)
The show also included this video shot by Patrick Stapleton and starring Donna Dimovski-Kantarovski. We shot the video at Brunswick’s Daddy Bar and had heaps of fun in the process.
And now, Sydney Road’s iconic Spotted Mallard will host the band for the final installment – the big, fat 12 inch to finish it all off. This beautiful record comes with the aforementioned gatefold cover and an A1 sized poster designed by the inimitable Melanie Myles of Hybrid Expression. The poster is designed to let all you collectors hang and display the full Back on the Zine story. Here’s a sneak peak!
This is how it’s supposed to be. Don’t miss out!
The EP will include all the hitherto released material as well as two additional songs. One of them is our rollicking cover of the old Jo Jo Zep classic “Shape I’m In“. We Offtopics merely stand on the shoulders of giants like Joe Camilleri, Tony Faehse and Jeff Burstin. (We also love Wog Rock!) Joe Camilleri once said to Polash that “It’s better to have one really good thing than a whole pile of shit”. Our Funk Dynamo is clearly hoping for one of those over the other. Guitarist Dave Sheehan (who plays cricket with Jeff Burstin at Clifton Hill CC) is hoping he doesn’t cop too much crap over our version of this great Aussie anthem.
So what the hell is a “zine” and what does “Back on the Zine mean, anyway? The term, short for magazine or fanzine, comes from the counter-cultural publishing movement of the 60’s and 70’s. A lot of comics and music writing got printed in this format. Pronounced “zeen” there’s also a wry association with us old musos being back on the scene – though did we go away? Perhaps we did…
We’d love to see YOU back on the scene with us though, on Sunday 4pm 18 November at The Spotted Mallard. The Offtopics being family men (for the most part) have chosen a family-friendly time to get their funk on. This venue is pretty kid-friendly (for a place without play equipment – Polash DID try to find a place with both a PA and a slide…) so bring the whole family if you like. Kids enter free. There’ll be plenty of food and drink. We’ve been working on this whole series since April 2016 – literally two and a half years by the time we launch. Don’t miss out! Come celebrate with us in November. We’d love to see you at what will most likely be our last gig for 2018!
Tickets are available via Moshtix
The Facebook event is here.
And you’ll be able to buy advance copies (along with previous releases) here.