Circle pit in the Mod office. They don't make them like this anymore.
Did you know that before boss man Steve Pavlovic started the label 15 years ago, he was promoting Australian tours for seminal bands like Fugazi, Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Mudhoney, Sonic Youth, Pavement and Shellac? An important community service - these shows changed lives, including a young Tim Hoey (Cut Copy) who witnessed Fugazi tear apart the Lismore RSL. Read on below.
"News had circulated from the local newspaper to the various high school classrooms around Lismore and Byron Bay that Fugazi were playing at the local RSL (?!), that it was all ages and only $10! There was a skatepark adjacent to the RSL so we thought we'd go there before the show. When we arrived we were totally shocked to see band members sitting atop of one the hips, watching everyone skate and talking to the locals.
Post skate session we hit the show. I was totally amazed and slightly embarrassed to find only 50-100 people had shown up. At the time I thought Fugazi were biggest band in the world...like Aerosmith big. It soon became apparent that they were basically paying to play for us, not that this bothered them in the slightest. They came out and threw down for 2 plus hours.
Now this was only the second show I'd ever been to. Prior to Fugazi, the only band I'd ever seen live was Magic Dirt at the Lismore rollerskating rink. I had no idea of what the appropriate behaviour was in such an environment. The whole thing was very foreign and my friends and I were a little self conscious. About two songs in, a couple of people moved from the back of the room to front stage and started dancing. Picture post hippie acid causality spiritual dancing (we are a product of our environment after all). Pretty soon all 100 people in the room were down the front, dancing like our lives depended on it. Come to think of it, this was probably the first time any of us had danced in public. And it was loud, like atomic bomb loud. Our ears rang for weeks afterwards.
So thank you Fugazi for the ring in my ears, showing me how to dance and teaching us that compromise is never an option (now who's being melodramatic?)."