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In Scene Report, musicians from all over the globe fill us in on what’s going on sonically in their hometowns. This week, Hiatus Kaiyote gives us the scoop on Melbourne, Australia. Their debut album, Tawk Tomahawk, is out now via Flying Buddha.

Melbourne is an incredible city with an amazing mix of people; weirdos and genii of all kinds abound. The warehouse scene and its offshoots have been supporting the underground of Melbourne for a long time, from gypsy jazz weirdos to the punk bands both politically active or hilariously irreverant, abstract sound experimenters, Casio-bashing circuit-benders, purveyors of uniquely Australian wacky glitchy wobbly electronica and jilted pocket, bittersweet banjo poets and yes, some straight-up rock ‘n’ roll. As well as the warehouse scene, there are a lot of supportive venues for more established acts; there’s an amazing jazz scene from the most modern modern and abstract to the sweetest old-timey revivalists who want nothing more from you than to get on a table and go apeshit. Not to mention a thriving electronic scene in city venues and a hell of a lot of underground bush parties. Soul music is pumped into our veins regularly via our awesome community radio stations, RRR and PBS, along with reggae and dub, dirty blues and the grittiest of gritty punk. I would say the whole scene is very much buzzing now for sure. Audiences seem up for anything and there’s a beautiful network of creatives inspiring each other.

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