Brisbane produces a lot of fabulous bands despite the fact that there are very places to play and the increasing inner city population density. It seems ridiculous to me that people would move in to areas that are full of nightclubs, restaurants and live venues then complain about noise levels.
It has been much easier to form bands in the last two decades than previously. We had a State Premier called Joh Bjelke-Petersen who ran a bit of a police state. In the 1970's to late 1980's a lot of bands and artists were forced to go interstate and overseas to get anywhere. Ironically, in Brisbane, Australia's first community FM radio station 4ZZZ first aired on December 8, 1975 by students from the University of Queensland and continues till this day relying on subscriptions from the community. The station was raided during this time by the police under the instruction of the Queensland Government of the day.
Fortunately, Brisbane music is alive and well. Thanks to public radio stations like 4ZZZ and national broadcaster Triple J, Brisbane music is heard all over the world. Here are some videos from some of my favourites.
The John Steel Singers - The Overpass
Hungry Kids of Hungary - Coming Around
Yves Klein Blue - Getting Wise
The Go Betweens - Streets of Your Town
Custard - Girls Like That (Don't Go For Guys Like us)
Regurgitator - Black Bugs