Brisbane Unites: Bushfire Fundraiser – Q&A Series – Ian Konrad – From Crisis To Collapse

Brisbane Unites Bushfire Fundraiser – The Mansfield Tavern – Saturday April 18

With our beautiful country burning before us, there has been a whirlwind of fundraiser shows popping up all over the country. There is nothing like live music to bring people together for a good cause. Brisbane has had its share of fundraiser gigs and there is more to come! Good Call Live are in full support of all these wonderful events, but one that is particularly close to our hearts is the Brisbane Unites Bushfire Fundraiser being held at The Mansfield Tavern on Saturday April 18. 

All money raised from this special event will go to charity and one that is really important to the event organisers is the Bushfire Trauma/Mental Health Support gofundme set up by Magda Szubanski and Will Connolly. For more details on this and to donate now, click the donate button below.

Brisbane Unites features 28 bands from Brisbane and surrounds all banding together to raise funds for those affected by the horrendous and relentless bushfires. Over the next few weeks we will bring you a series of Q&A’s with some of the bands on the line up. 

In this edition, we have Ian Konrad from Byron Bay Extreme Heavy Metallers, From Crisis To Collapse. 2019 was a busy one for the hard hitting From Crisis To Collapse and so far this year, things may seem a little quiet, but behind the scenes, the guys are working hard on big things to come. The group have been fine-tuning songs for the next recording cycle and working in conjunction with some other Northern NSW bands to form a live music vanguard in the region. They’ve also scored a support slot with the Heavy Metal Thunder that is Atreyu for their upcoming Brisbane show at The Zoo on Feb 26. HUGE.

Brisbane Unites – Bushfire Fundraiser is a pretty special event, not only is it for a good cause but the line up is a showcase of some of the amazing musical talent we have here in Brisbane. How does it feel to be a part of it? 

Brisbane has always had an impressive musical bloodline in most genres from The Saints through to Butterfingers and now bands like Aversions Crown and Violent Soho. A solid underground scene is what underpins and challenges an artists rise in any art form and the current crop is definitely holding true. While I came up in the Brisbane underground, From Crisis To Collapse aren’t a Brisbane band but we definitely enjoy playing here, watching the bands and partying with some of the fine scoundrels the river city has produced.

The event is being held at the iconic Mansfield Tavern. The venue has been huge for live music over the years and has hosted some huge names such as Violent Soho, Wolfmother, Grinspoon, The Offspring, No Doubt, Hunters & Collectors, Madness, Hoodoo Gurus, Skyhooks, The Angels, The Cult and the list goes on! It is great to see some live music happening there again! How do you feel about playing the venue? What does the venue mean to you? 

I know bands have played the Mansfield Tavern and that it is the local watering hole of the Violent Soho boys (respect to the 4122), but I have always associated it more with boxing. I have seen and boxed at a few pro-am tournaments here in the early 2000’s so it holds a lot of fond memories. FCTC plan on spilling as much blood on this upcoming visit as any boxing tournament the tavern has seen. We have a chunk of new material to showcase and are raring to go.

Music is one of the most wonderful ways to unite people, what does music mean to you? How important is it to use music as a platform to help those in need at a time like this? 

They say music is the universal language and I definitely agree. It is intrinsic to my being and for better or for worse I am compelled to create music and perform. Our other guitar play Chaddles is in full time service with the NSW SES and sees first hand the ravages of natural disasters and the triumphs of the human spirit in the fallout, so I’d imagine this festival and performance will be a very visceral experience for him. I think everyone does what they can to help in these situations. As the only real skill I have to offer, I feel I can contribute by playing some slamming tunes, raging and generally being a part of a great event.

Ian Konrad

The line up for Brisbane Unites is absolutely full of talent. If you had to pick just one band to give a shout out and a plug too, who would it be and why? 

I’d have to say DeadYet? We’ve played with them a fair few time now and they always bring the heat. I love their kinda old school hardcore/crossover sound and they have a new guitarist and new jams to play so I’m hell keen to witness that. That being said there are so many bands and friends I wanna see perform at this.

What would you say to someone to encourage them to come along to this event to support the bands, the venue and the cause? 

As a social group that prides itself on the support and betterment of the “scene”, this is the perfect opportunity for us to demonstrate some of the core values such camaraderie, egalitarianism and entrepreneurship to encompass and benefit wider society. All while smashing schooners, seeing a whole bill of rabid bands and being all round G.C’s.

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Brisbane Unites Bushfire Fundraiser will be held at Mansfield Tavern and will include two stages.
Tickets: $30 + booking fee – all the money goes to the charities, including the booking fee. Tickets will also be available at the door for $40 unless tickets sell out via pre sales prior to the event.  
Time: Doors 12pm. Full set times TBA. 
Check out the Facebook event page for more details and to stay up to date HERE.

Poster art by Link Bossman

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