The Gov - Full Gig



“The first mistake about art is to assume it’s serious” – Lester Bangs.

Live shows by the Painters and Dockers are a total entertainment experience. A band based in punk rock power pop with soulful horns, instant classic songs, flamboyance and showmanship as good as it
gets. It’s not a superior air that they bring to the stage – it’s a communal, one-in all-in let’s take this baby to the stars and hang there as long as we can in an orgy of outrageous exuberance. The gig IS the after-party, right from the start, and everyone’s invited.

Do not assume this band is without a message. Do not assume they don’t sound incredible live. Do not assume that your new favourite band won’t be thirty years old. They were only suppose to play once!

Infamous Melbourne punk band The Painters and Dockers formed for the one night in 1983 to help friend Billy Walsh from the Cosmic Psychos’ pay off some parking fines. The band named themselves after the infamous trade union members who drank at the Port Melbourne pub where the benefit was to be held. Well that night ended in a riot with a pitched battle between police and union members, music lovers running off screaming into the night and the band left with a reputation as an instant punk party.

We’re All Going To Nude School. The Boy Who Lost His Jocks On Flinders Street Station. You’re Going Home In The Back Of A Divvy Van. I Like It Both Ways. Die Yuppie Die. I Know Better Queens Than That (“she can suck a golfball through a straw”). Basia. Kill Kill Kill. In My Mind.

Some 1500 shows, seven albums later and tours of North America, Canada, New Zealand and all over Australia under the belt, the band now have an esteemed place in Australian rock history.

The Gov | Sat 16 Apr

Tickets: $34.50 + Booking Fee

Doors open @ 7:30 pm

Adelaide Ukulele Appreciation Society - 8.10pm
Velvet Moth - 8.50pm
Painters & Dockers - 10pm