Rockin' The Suburbs With Luke Henery
Violent Soho are on the cusp of playing two sold out shows at The Fortitude Music Hall before going on an extended break. We asked bass player and all-round legend, Luke Henery for his thoughts on Brisbane and the bands love affair with the 4122.
The question that divides Brisbane… Northside or Southside, and why?
"Southside for sure, but I’m super bias cos I grew up on the Southside. But if we’re being honest whoever did the town planning for Northside really didn’t do a good job on the roads. Southside has the M1 and the busway. Plus Mansfield has some pretty epic bands in its heritage like the Saints, Razor, Eat Laser Scumbag, jungle giants and heaps more."
What makes the 4122, Mansfield, Brisbane’s best suburb? "Well I don’t know if we ever thought it was the best, but it’s our home and we love it for that." Your next show is at The Fortitude Music Hall on September 9th with DZ Deathrays and Loser. What do you love most about having local bands support your shows? "Local bands are everything, they are the voice of the community, the gum in between the teeth of the underground. Every good successful band has been just a “local band” at some point. The bands we have playing with us are more than local bands. DZ are an institution if you’re asking me and Loser are one of the most underrated bands around."
You have a night off to go and see live music in Brisbane. Which music venue in are you going to first? "I always go to the Zoo it’s my second home, if I’m not there I’d probably go to King Lears throne." Time to give some local businesses some love. What are your go-to restaurants and bars in Brisbane and why? "Well I love me some Nandos, otherwise I’d smash some Lord Of The Fries. I’m a simple man, I just love burgers." Do you have a favourite cafe? "I’m a sucker for a coffee and breakfast at Mediterranean Flames cafe on Logan road in Holland Park" You've just bumped out of a gig, it's after midnight, where's you're go to for a late night kebab? "I’m not sure what the one in the valley mall is called but I’ve eaten a few there before, even got hit with a pool cue by the owner but I would still eat there. We shook hands afterward." Brisbane’s music scene is so vibrant with so many different genres and bands. What local acts have you been digging lately? "Western Pleasure, DREGG, Infinite Christmas, Platonic Sex, We Set Sail, CityPiss, Seja, The Chats, Eliza and The Delusionals." What venue in Brisbane would you love to play that you haven’t yet and why? "I haven’t played at King Lears Throne yet but Total Pace will be playing there with Raised By Wolves next month so I’m super excited for that cos I think that’s the last venue to tick off my list."
From photographers to visual artists, videographers or booking agents, do you have any Brisbane creatives that you’d like to give a shout out to?
"Oh there are so many. Luke Morgan, Nick Moor, Mitch Lowe, Charlyn Cameron, Nick Ashby, Alex Saba, Leah Clark, Gavin Clark, Steven Raffael Falco.
I could go on forever I’m so lucky to be surrounded by an incredible community of incredibly talented people. I love Brisbane and am so grateful for all the support this amazing city has given Violent soho and myself. I hope I can give back to this city just as much as it’s given me.
Thanks for having me SK, you’re a bunch of legends."