In 2012, Andy Warstar travelled from Brisbane to Byron Bay, Australia to go surfing. Surfing? Yes, surfing... But why? Health reasons, mainly. Becoming one with nature, mother ocean and stuff. Sometime during the mid-life crisis, a man gets a sense of his own mortality and wants to do all the things he's never done. Some guys get a young girlfriend and a red sports car. Andy Warstar got a new guitar and a red surfboard!
And while Warstar was down there in Byron, he was staying at hostels for lack of a more affordable place to stay. Some of the hostels are conveniently placed right next to bars, and one of them is called The Buddha Bar (currrently changing hands again, and the name will probably change as well). This here performance is Andy Warstar's second performance on the same stage that once hosted Midnight Oil, and features a mural depicting Janis Joplin, Freddie Mercury, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison (among others).
Still, The Buddha Bar is not known for accepting a diverse range of musical acts nowadays. The curators mainly hire classic rock, funk and jazz bands to play the venue. The occasional digeridoo player gets up there and makes some popular Australian noises. So it's not often that a guy like Andy Warstar gets up there, rants about how fucked up the world is, then plays a Black Flag cover that Chuck Dukowski himself called "Awesome". Here now is that performance. Enjoy & Rock On!
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