As live music slowly returns venues such as Marrickville’s Django Bar are playing an increasingly important role. Particularly for up and coming local bands such as The Fallen Robins, who would typically be busy on the folk music festival circuit all around the country.
As Charlotte Thompson explained to City Hub she and her sisters, Jess and Sarah, would normally have played “five or six festivals” by now during a normal year. However, due to COVID, that has not been the case. Instead they have had to delay the release of the new EP Stupid Little Girls until they could step onto the stage at Django Bar this coming Thursday.
While releasing the album in the midst of the COVID lockdown was a option, given that the record has been ready to go since March, The Fallen Robins felt they needed a live audience to have the best result.
“We weren’t sure if we could be seen online because there are so many bands out there tying to make a name for themselves,” explained Charlotte. “We think we’re at our best in person, which is why we held off until now. So it’s really gratifying to finally be putting this album out.”
While the group are excited to finally be relaxing the album there was also some trepidation given that we’re coming off the back of COVID lockdowns. Add to that this is their biggest show to date, and first ever ticketed show.
“We’ve really thrown ourselves into the deep end,” said Charlotte. “Since this is our first ever ticketed show we already had those doubts about ‘is anyone going to come?’ Then add to that the stress of COVID and wondering whether people will be ready to come out or if they’d prefer to stay home still it was definitely daunting.”
Luckily for the band those doubts were quickly squashed when their first show sold out, meaning they needed to add a second later show.
Playing at a venue which they love and know intimately as audience members certainly took away some of the anxiety as well.
“We’ve seen some great shows at Django over the years and it came highly recommended by some of our friends from the folk circuit… So we’re definitely itching to to get back on stage.”
Nov 19, 6pm & 8:30pm. Django Bar at Camelot Lounge, 103 Railway Parade, Marrickville. $27.50-$110+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.camelotlounge.com