Illawarra rock photographer and indie magazine contributor, Lachy Starling, has just published the first volume zine of his archive. This visual journal of his work is a love letter to the Australian music scene and captures some of the visceral moments of up and coming bands before they break, not witnessed since the early 90s of Seattle or mid-90s Manchester.
Second cities have an edge. Without the cursed gaze of the industry breathing their ennui at the bar, second city crowds are down the front, rinsing every minute of the gig. And this is where you will find Starling. Underneath the crowd surfers and in the moment.
Like Jill Furmanovsky, who happened to be in all the right places in music history at the right time, Starling's easy-going nature makes him an almost invisible preserver of moving moments.
As the Illawarra heaves with up and coming bands and artists, immune to the demands of one of the world's most significant cities as its neighbour, the music scene of this region along the world's edge is exploding with talent, from film composers to indie record labels, lo-fi gigs to musical polymaths churning out new tracks every week, like accelerated Father John Mistys.
The next big things are already here. You just need to check our the GPC playlists on the SOUNDS tab to see why we think so.
Grab vol.1 MUSIC while you can here >>>