In more recent years, you could say Melbourne’s Away From Now were a bit of a staple at The Arthouse, taking to the stage countless times both in their existence and out of it too. So it’s fitting they play on one of the final shows. They join Bodyjar and Daysworth Fighting on Thursday 28th April, bummer if you don’t have tickets, they are Sold Out. We caught up with guitarist Darren Gibson, who will also be playing solo on Monday 25th April at the ‘Acoustic Communion‘ to tackle our ‘Last Drinks‘ questions. Click below to expand this post and take a read.Away From Now - Final Thought
I am Darren Gibson, I play guitar in the band Away From Now
We’re playing for the last time at The Arthouse on the final Thursday with best buds Daysworth Fighting and Bodyjar.
Cast your mind back, and tell us about the first time you played the Arthouse?
The first time I played at the Arty would have been about 97′. The band I was in sucked pretty hard but they gave us a go anyway. It wasn’t a great show but as soon as I spoke with the owners I knew that I would be spending a lot of time there in the future. They looked after the bands and never took a cent from the door.
If you could grab one piece of Arthouse memorabilia at the final show, what would you grab and why?
I would probably take some of the photos from the wall. Those shots are amazing and really remind you of the great shows that have taken place there over the years!
Favourite memory of the venue from the stage?
I would have two. The Away From Now finale show was absolutely nuts. In the last song there would have been 70+ punters on stage. Super fun! The other would be playing a song with Chuck Ragan. Wow, still gives me shivers!
Favourite memory of the venue as a punter?
It’s hard to go past an MYC show for favorite moment as a punter. Other memorable occasions were the Hot Water Music show on their first tour, final HBlock show, Blueline and Against Me!
What was it about The Arthouse that has made it stand out from other venues over all these years?
The thing that is special about The Arthouse is the family atmosphere that exists. You are always welcomed and I’m sure everyone has gone nuts in there at least once and have been looked after. There is also a sense of safety. Having no security guards puts the onus on punters to do the right thing by the owners. I can honestly say that I have only seen two fights in all of the years and it was punters who broke it up and sorted it out. That is quite unique I think.
Got anything special up your sleeves for your final time on the Arty stage?
AFN are just going to smash out some fast songs, nothing special just do what we do. Hopefully everyone is ready to party and chuck a mosh one more time for The Arty.
Any last words you want to say about the venue?
I would just like to say a heartfelt thank you to the Kelly family at this great venue. It will be sadly missed and I feel very privileged and honored to have been involved in it’s history.
To re-cap all the details of the final shows, head to The Arthouse website [Here]