From the gritty subcultures of trailblazing youth to the runaway dart-sucking misfits of the 1800s, the Vulture St. Tape Gang don’t shy away from the noise and power of numbers. Using the outlet of voice and ownership to outpour their creativity, the Vulture St. Tape Gang make mixtapes – albeit, beat-tapes as they prefer it – to reign in their projects. Breaking aesthetic constraints by delimiting their performance space and medium, their work plays much like a selection of moments; a scattering of collections and compiles that breathe life into their weird, musical unknown.
Stepping left from their first tapes made on spare change, the Vulture St. Tape Gang have commenced the creation of three-volume set; the makings of 60 minute sonic collages as an inner bliss homage to three pseudo-iconic locations along the well known strip in Brisbane’s once freak, outsider-party inner city suburb, West End. Deep into the process of it’s gentrification, the works are set to represent the suburbs their native artists/hippies/stoners will know: an inside joke fleshed out for the outside.
Twisting their own arms behind their back over their conceptual senses, the Vulture St. Tape Gang presented us with gangs that inspired their passion in filling the void ahead of their upcoming shows. From digital libraries to scratched cassettes, the inevitable gangs that shaped their sound derive from all walks of life; the badness, the animated and the musical.
THE BAXTER STREET DUDES
“In 1870’s New York these dudes – as a sideline to thieving and brawling – ran their own theatre. They would put on plays, musicals and variety shows. Rival gangs would come to disrupt the shows by throwing rocks or starting violent brawls. It got so bad, the theatre got shut down; they didn’t pay amusement taxes, as well as all the fighting and naughtiness.”
THE MIGHTY HANDFUL
“Moguchaya Kuchka, better known as The Mighty Handful, made a huge impression on their music scene. Without the Russian sound these guys locked down in the 1860s, VSTG wouldn’t have none of those dastardly whole tone sinister vibes – straight up. Our main man Mussorgsky was a younger member of this clique, who typify an early type of musical rebellion and the search for originality and authenticity which continues today. It is said the young upstarts Mussorgsky and Rimsky Korsakov once shared a small apartment with just one piano, yet somehow they still managed to write shit because Mussorgsky worked drunk through the night and Nikolai would write-off the morning while he nursed his hangovers.”
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“Because every alternate reality within a fictitious cartoon world needs a no good gang with an obnoxious leader, unclear intentions, and great banter. Destiny Gang are there to mess things up in your dream world and they don’t play by the rules. BAM! Crown shorts.”
JAKE’S OLD GANG
“To pull off a big heist, you need criminal masterminds like The Flying Lettuce Brothers – the notorious conman impressionists that can imitate any voice – and Gareth ‘The Lady Master’ whose oversized head with mesmerising eyes allow him to hypnotise any woman. Then there’s Tiffany… mullet, peach fuzz moustache and a squeaky voice that utters lengthy, threatening monologues.”
“Jamaica, Toughy and Blombo. Rebellious and cute, now that’s a vibe.”
“Before the age of Instagram, to be young and cool in Australian suburbs meant you had to prove your worth on the street. A bit of violence, yeah, but more importantly your own customised clothes and smoking cigs like a chimney. It’s said The Sharpies were untouchable by the cops because of their sheer numbers in public. Imagine what they could have achieved if they’d had an agenda other than a good time.”
THE MOLASSES GANG
“Another 19th century New York street gang, famous for the comedic ways they would perform robberies, the most famous being- going to a store and asking the shopkeeper to fill their hat with molasses (claiming it’s a bet they made with each other to see how much they can fit) then they’d splosh the hat on the shopkeeper and take off with the till and anything else they could while he couldn’t see. Classic.”
Who know gangs could induce such a boogie? Join in the chaotic fun with the Vulture St. Tape Gang ahead of their upcoming shows. Haven’t heard their mixtape? Refresh your senses below.
Saturday 4th June
The Cave for Melbourne International Jazz Festival
At The John Curtin | RSVP
Wednesday 8th June
Mellowdias at Boney | RSVP
Thursday 9th June
Wondercore Island 4th Birthday Party
At The Gasometer Hotel | RSVP