To celebrate their milestone and our sustained collective debauchery, Black Bear Lodge is throwing a party. In true BBL style, some great bands have been booked that will keep even the most twee hipster revelling all night.
Headlining the event are '60s surf-psych-rock revivalists The Frowning Clouds. These five boys from Geelong make lo-fi garage pop music that sounds simple, but, as anyone who's ever tried to write a pop song before knows, is deceptively difficult to master. Their style's simplicity is arguably their biggest drawcard—all the better to dance to.
For touchstones of their sound, think The Kinks, early Rolling Stones, and The Electric Prunes; and local contemporaries Royal Headache, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard and The Laurels.
I first heard them a couple of years ago in a surf movie, which their music is perfect for I might add, and I've loved them ever since. The song was I Saw You and it's still my favourite song of theirs.
Supporting The Frowning Clouds will be The Madisons—an all girl doo-wop band who take cues from '60s chart-toppers The Ronettes and The Shangri-Las. Surely there's no better way to provide respite from the chaos of the Valley Mall?
Another exciting prospect for the night is DJ Philistine, coming all the way from the UK to play freakbeat, blue-eyed soul, garage, and psych exclusively from his collection of thousands of original vinyl records. He is sure to keep the party going well after the band has packed up.
Black Bear Lodge has really got a roll on this year, with most weekends seeing a line out the door. There are only 200 tickets available to their second birthday bash, so this event will sell out. For only $15 you're guaranteed a fun night in the middle of Brisbane's often uninspiring winter, so why not?