Hark, the magical day that comes but once a year (but should totally just happen every single day),
the sacred day of celebration of music on wax and the fine purveyors of records in our town, Record
Store Day. In a town that is fortunate enough to boast not just one, but two fantastic record stores,
Record Store Day is always bound to be a special one.
The good folk at Backbeat Records and The Time Machine teamed up once again this year to host
the festivities, even letting local latte-slingers Villain in on the action. Down in the basement/carpark
at Villain was a garage sale, and music documentaries were playing in The Big Bedroom, a great
place to hole up for a while on a drizzly Saturday. Meanwhile, upstairs in the shop, heaps of record
were discounted, and the shop was full of locals and friends, all out to spread the good vibes.
Around the corner at Backbeat, crate-diggers were flowing in and out of the shop, where owner Lee
was countering the gloomy skies with an amazing terry-towelling Hawaiian shirt. As I arrived, local
band The Unknowns were about to play.
The Unknowns describe themselves as “A young, 3 piece rock and roll band, carried by simplicity,
Gools, truth, and a love for creating things that make you boogie”. Their sound is pure nostalgia,
classic Rock ‘n’ Roll with a Punk edge. A slightly stripped back set at Lee’s shop flew us all back to a
time long gone, with a mix of covers and originals that kept toes tapping. Looking around me, I saw
more and more people filing through the door and squeezing into the shop to catch a glimpse. These
boys might have a nostalgic sound, but they’re definitely stepping forward. With a busy gig schedule
(Catch them next at The J Noosa on the 23rd) and a growing fan base, you’re sure to be hearing lots
more about them in the future.
Words + Images – Imarney McDonnell