Wowie Zowie! We are heading to a climactic close to July, funk lovers!
Our “Back on The Zine” series of gorgeous vinyl seven inch records continues apace with this, the third installment. It’s called “A Man Needs Cooling“. What does that mean? You can find out at our launch party. It’s gonna be a doozy!
On Friday 27 July we’re throwing an epic party at the place where it all started for The Offtopics: The Brunswick Mechanics Institute. We’re going to push back all the seating in the theatre to make some heel kickin’ room. We’ll treat everyone to a screening of our brand, new film-clip and before we play we’ll have some support from The Fix Ups.
Hey, I know what you’re thinking… we know all about The Offtopics peculiar blend of Slapstick Soul, Punch-Drunk Funk and we LOVE the way they put the scatalogical into Ska… but WHO are The Fix Ups. Well… this is what they have to say about themselves:
“Melbourne based trio The Fix Ups are all about the real deal automobile life machine living the dreaming or whatever this is seeming, like twin flamin’ datin’ boots guitar riffin’ vocals a shimmering, sexy bassing, mimimg the drumming, organs pulsing, amps hiss and deliver original wordly kibble and droney rhythm dribble… Yeah your hips will wiggle.”
If, dear reader, you understood what all that meant then please write your answer on the back of a fifty dollar note and post that pineapple to us here at theofftopics.com c/o The Funk Dynamo’s Benevolent Trust. Sigh… kids…
What we CAN tell you through close listening to The Fix Ups is that they perform a very groovy blend of danceable indie pop that draws on electro stylings. Here’s one of their said “groovy tunes”.
They’ve also been known to whip out a charming cover of Althea and Donna.
What all this means is that you can get all of your dance hesitations out of the way before The Offtopics take the stage. Do some sharp electro moves and then get loose and funky as the night goes on!
Word on the street is that, if you imagine The Fix Ups’ front man without hair, he’ll look a lot like The Offtopics’ very own Tony “Hit Man” Champagne. Word on the street is obviously onto something because The Fix Ups’ front man is none other than the first-born fruit of Tony’s loins: Nikos Shannon. We like to make it a family affair at our little shindigs so, by all means, bring all the fam along for a good time!
Tickets are available here
Plus a bit more info about the event.
“A Man Needs Cooling” Single Launch Party by The Offtopics
Date: Friday 27 July
The Fix Ups: 8pm
Video Clip Screening: 8:55
The Offtopics: 9pm
Tickets: $15 (minors and companion card holders free)
That’s right folks!
The Offtopics are kicking off June with a cozy show at Brunswick’s newest, most magical music venue – Red Betty. We’ll be playing on the world famous stage* down Houdini Lane. For those of you not in the know, Moreland Magician, Dane Certificate (what were his parents thinking?!) built this performance space behind 859 Sydney Rd Brunswick a while back in order to perplex prepubescent people with pulchritudinous prestidigitation!
It’s now a bar.
And it’s friggin’ cool!
We’re playing a free entry gig supported by the hilariously talented Jo Cotsonis. She’s also pulchritudinous… look it up.
Like the poster says – the doors open from 7 and it’s free! Jo will be on around 8 and we’ll be on after. Come along for a good time. Or even – dare we say it – a great time!
Here’s the Facebook event if you’d like to let us know that you’re coming… or if you’re “interested”: https://www.facebook.com/events/165137544163726/
In other June news we’re also playing a gig at The Union Hotel in Brunswick on June 16. We also have some news about our third single launch “A Man Needs Cooling” but that’s in July – so you’ll have to wait for news about that.
*not actually “world famous”… yet.
This Saturday evening, folks! It’s a dinner and show at the Post Office Cafe. $50 gets you a reserved seat and a delicious meal of your choice with an accompanying beverage. You also get the original soul stylings of The Offtopics playing their funniest, funkiest tunes.
Contact the venue or call Fab on 0421 117 472 to book a table now!
More info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/421850284920330/