In November late last year, three of Australia’s best upcoming bands Mini Skirt, RACKETT, and Shearin’ joined Aussie pub rock legends Cosmic Psychos to take over the newly reopened Lansdowne Hotel, and tear it a bloody new one.
Let’s paint the scene; four of the country’s most raucous live acts, all in one sweaty, packed out room with an ample supply of God’s favourite amber nectar, VB. It was a rowdy one, to say the least.
The Australian pub circuit is in damn fine hands, as Mini Skirt tear through The Lansdowne to become the inaugural VB Hard Yards Champs.
Mini Skirt, RACKETT, and Shearin’ all stomped through blistering live sets, with the chance of winning time at A-Sharp Studios to record a new single, mixed by producer extraordinaire Nick Franklin, and pressed on a split 7″ with the Cosmic Psychos.
They were also up for the chance to chat music with FBi Radio music director Amelia Jenner, as well as $3000 cash. The stakes had never been higher.
Ultimately it was Byron Bay four-piece Mini Skirt who took out the prestigious, and well-deserved, honour of being crowned VB Hard Yards Champions.
Mini Skirt had already gained a bit of attention following the release of their gloriously brutal single Dying Majority, a scathing attack on ingrained Australian racism – the type that festers in RSLs and suburban pubs all across the country.
Since their relatively recent beginnings, Mini Skirt have already pressed their poignant and honest lyrics into the minds of audiences all-over with their raw, rough-as-guts vocal style.
Now, with their no-bullshit live show, the Byron lads have earned themselves a bunch of real neat prizes, as well as some direct mentorship from Cosmic Psychos.
Cheers to Mini Skirt for a job well done, and a big congratulations to RACKETT and Shearin’ for making the comp’s final cut. We’d be stoked as hell for Hard Yards to make a comeback in 2018.
Check out some of the hysteria you missed on the night: