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Rockin' The Suburbs With Tragic Me

Tragic Me are a pop-rock band from Meanjin/Brisbane who write catchy songs about the highs and lows of growing up. Recently sharing the stage with the likes of Between You & Me, and British India, we ask frontman Alex Thomspon-Tark some questions about the city we call home.


Photo by Darcy Goss


You’ve recently released your single ‘STAR SIGN’, a track that pays homage to your pop-punk days, and the track was debuted live for the first time recently at O’Skulligans in support of Sentiment’s 'End of the Trilogy' headliner show. What’s your favourite thing about playing live?


Playing live is my favourite thing in the world, I think. When I'm on stage I feel kinda invincible haha! I love playing with the gang in TM, as I feel like we all have so much fun up there together.


Now the question that divides Brisbane… Northside or Southside, and why?


Now that I am living on Northside I can give a fair opinion - Southside. My biggest issue is the roads, it just seems busier and harder to find parking.


Yourself and India Raine (bassist) grew up in Coffs Harbour but moved up to Brisbane for music. What’s some of your favourite qualities about the music scene up here?


Well coming from Coffs where there was almost no scene left by the time I moved, it was a huge refreshment seeing multiple active bands playing shows multiple nights a week compared to maybe 1 show every other month in Coffs. I really love how much genre variety there is too! Some of my fave shows have been mixed bill.


Time to give some local businesses some love. What are your go-to restaurants and bars in Brisbane and why?


I loveeee Sue's Burgers for their 'Mac To The Future' burg. For Coffee I highly recommend Picnic Cafe, Ashton & Old and New Day Cafe (I am a coffee fiend so am picky). Also, I don't go there enough but I f***ing love Lefty's.


You have a night off to go and see live music in Brisbane. Which music venue are you going to first?


This is really tough but I think it'd be a close tie between Tomcat, The Brightside and Greaser.


You’re going out with some friends for some dinner - what restaurants are you recommending you all go to?


Another really hard one haha! Probably Korilla BBQ in the city.


Giving Meanjin bands some love now. What local acts have you been digging lately?


There are a bunch! I have a big playlist that I dump all my fave tracks into and there is a fair bit of local stuff in there. At the moment I have been mainly listening to Bad Neighbour, Days Like These and Friends Of Friends!


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?


For photographers, I LOVE working with Darcy Goss! She's so lovely and very talented. Also love working with Zachary Shane! He's a legend and does really great work.


Photo by Darcy Goss


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