#AUSMUSICTSHIRTDAY Feature Series – Rick Trewavas of Hammers & Fortitude Brand

The Good Call Live Team are coming together in support of Support Act for #ausmusictshirtday … and we’re not doing it without a little help from our friends!

Rick Trewavas, bass-man of Hammers and founder of clothing label Fortitude Brand has given us some of his time to support our campaign!

If you haven’t seen Hammers live… it must be known… it’s not just a gig, it’s an EXPERIENCE. There’s nothing quite like it and each performance is a unique spectacle – come along on November 30th to their Cracker Night Single Launch show at Woolly Mammoth Mane Stage for hangs with the Good Call Live crew to see just what we mean!

Such a killer line up too, with Deadyet? A Somerset Parade, & RHINO! Hit that ‘Going’ button on the Facebook Event and grab your tickets HERE


Have a read of what Rick had to say about his choice of band shirt and the importance of talking about and supporting mental health in the music industry:


Remember – YOU can help support the cause too by donating to our Official, Support-Act endorsed fundraising effort HERE


Tell us about your Aus Music T-Shirt: 

Black Rheno. Hard-working heavy band out of Sydney. Boys have just dropped a monster of a new album called ‘Noise Smasher’. Big dirty riffs, groove, and attitude for days. Shit is relentless. Their vocalist Milla recorded the album himself, in his studio that he built himself. Sounds huge, and there’s only 3 of them. Their live show will kick your ass as well. Get around em!

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Aus Music T-Shirt Day is a super important initiative in the Australian music industry. Why is it such an important initiative to you? 

It’s very real, and it’s very important. Muso’s can struggle with mental health more than others, it seems. It’s a job that can really test your mental resolve. It’s a very time consuming thing to be creative, write, rehearse, record and tour music. It means time away from your partners, kids and families. To do all of this independently as well, is a very expensive process, so there’s that financial pressure that comes with it as well.”

I think most musos would agree that creating music is a burning internal desire that you can’t just switch off. It’s something you feel you HAVE to do, and often pouring your heart and soul into a project, and having very little commercial success or recognition can also be disheartening. There’s also the juggling of day-job and your music life, which can be tricky at times. Combine all of these factors together and it can be a tough road, mentally. I’m very lucky to play in a band with 3 of my best mates, who have all been around the block a few times, and fully understand these challenges.”

We’re realistic with our expectations, and do it for the right reasons. We also have super supportive and understanding partners, which makes a big difference as well.

We know that mental health can slip under the radar in this business. Why is it vital to talk about your mental health? 

If you’re having a tough time, it takes a lot of strength to speak up to a mate and let them know what’s going on. I’ve personally seen too many people go the wrong way and it’s heartbreaking. Thankfully perceptions around mental health has progressed leaps and bounds from what it used to be, but there’s still a long way to go. Being a supportive mate to your friends and talking openly and honestly is a great place to start.”

I’m all for any initiative that helps shine a light on this issue. Aus music shirt day is a good one, it’s sparks an important conversation, while also giving props to some deserving local legends in the process. Ripper!


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