Photos - Siberian Nights showcase, Melbourne 2012Siberian Nights Showcase – Kirin J Callinan, Gatekeeper, Forces, Nun
Melbourne Uni Underground Carpark
Saturday 24th November, 2012
Melbourne's own Siberia Records imprint wrapped up Melbourne Music Week on the weekend, with a showcase gig featuring Sydney's Kirin J Callinan, local synth-outfits Forces and Nun, as well as Chicago techno duo Gatekeeper. Held in Melbourne Uni’s heritage-listed underground South Carpark, organisers promised a "private vision of a post-apocalyptic, subterranean world, a place where sound, vision and architecture meld together into one unforgettable neo-futuristic night."
While that sounds like the making of a night for the ages, it didn't quite meld so seamlessly. More people and fewer barriers to hem them in would have made for the immersive revivalist-rave the event deserved. But beyond that, the steely lineup made for an ideal label/venue pairing.
That's when you weren't looking at the concrete surrounds and mentally cycling through its history. For Ozploitation fans: the car park was home to the MFP headquarters underground garage scenes in Mad Max, as well as to countless rev-head home videos and a handful of band promo shoots since. For the structuralist architecture fans: completed in 1972, the vaulted car park was the first in Australia to be fully enclosed and concealed beneath landscape. Its parabolic columns house drainage systems for the plants above.
And, for a little while, the sounds of the dearly attached.
(Words and photos: Leah Robertson)