Monthly Archives: August 2011

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September Sessions

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After the success of last month’s First Thursday Recording Club at the Jubilee Hotel, which included an awesome set by Mannequin Republic’s own The Jon Experiment, the event is happening again for September.

This month’s line-up includes ska band The Fun Team, Gold Coast metal band Reskale, seven-piece rebel rock outfit The Great Shame and representing the Mannequin Republic family: Hack, who always put on an insane live show.

It all happens upstairs at the Jubilee Hotel (470 St. Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley) at 7:00 pm.  First band goes on at 7:30 and bands change every hour.  Entry is only $10.  Tell the person at the door you came to see Hack then scream your lungs out while the whole show gets recorded live!  See more on Facebook.… more...

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Seattle Bound

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Mannequin Republic’s managing director Tom Byrnes is visiting America again this week, making his first official representation of the company in Seattle, home of Microsoft, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Starbucks and grunge rock.

Tom will be paving the way for Brisbane bands to make their way state-side and bringing back new ideas for promoting live music in Australia.  He will also be spending a few days in Los Angeles, further promoting the company and the local music scene.

Stay tuned for a special report on about Tom’s trip and what he learned in his travels to the Evergreen State.… more...

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September A Big Month For Hardcore

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Fans of hardcore, mosh-core, metal-core, Southern hardcore and any other type of ‘core, be prepared to have your socks knocked off for the whole month of September.

Right at the start on Sunday September 4th at Greenslopes Bowls Club (131 Ridge Street, Brisbane) from 5:00 pm you can catch on of the best line-ups of fresh hardcore music in the country, including: Revelations, A Vast Hope, Miles And Miles, To Kill A Sunrise (NSW) and Road To Ransome in a show brought to by Mannequin Republic.  Tickets are only $10 and this show is all ages!

Mannequin Republic is also bringing you the Southern Discomfort micro tour, featuring southern hardcore specialists The Last Outlaw and metal-core beat machine That’ll Be The Day from Melbourne.

Southern Discomfort Part 1 takes place on Thursday September 8th at Sun Distortion Studios (2/24 Corruna Street, Brisbane) from 7:00 pm and will feature … more...

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The Last Outlaw On YouTube

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Mannequin Republic would like to thank our good mates at Liberati Productions for putting together the wicked new video clip of The Last Outlaw performing “Now We’re Cooking With Gas.”

The video was filmed live at Club 299 a few weeks ago where a heap of crazy punters turned up for a night of hardcore rock and metal.  Go have a watch at

Thanks again to Liberati Productions for all the hard work that goes into their videos and for being part of the Brisbane music scene.  We encourage anyone interested in having some live video done to get in touch with them, they know their stuff.


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Band Promotion 101

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I got asked not long ago what it takes to promote a band. The truth is: not much. With social networking sites taking over our lives, it’s easier than ever to listen to music and to source good bands from bad bands. From a manager’s point of view, it’s been made very easy. The hard part is setting up a show, putting bands on, hoping it will work out and that you recoup your losses. There really isn’t any excuse for promoters, to suck at promotion. But it happens so often.

Obviously, Mannequin Republic is in a great position with a steady of flow of ‘likes’ on Facebook, heaps of followers on Twitter and a cracking website. I’m extremely proud of the website and am constantly surprised at the amount of hits it gets each day.

I used to put on heaps of shows; punk, rock, hardcore, metal, you name … more...

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