2020 has been a year unlike any other. Our personal lives and professional endeavours have been through the wringer, with restrictions on travel, public gatherings and the enforcement of social distancing, our lives have definitely had to change. For a lot of businesses, things have been really tough, as we all adapt to the ‘new normal’. In Queensland, we’ve been lucky in the sense that we’ve been able to get out and about like we did before, so as we indulge in the silly season, the Good Call Live team have decided to join forces with a bunch of local bands to shine a light on their favourite local businesses who are majorly kicking goals!

Today, we’re diving deep with local psychobilly 3-piece The Crypt Daddies. Rising from their grave in mid-2019, The Crypt Daddies are leading the way with their blistering fusion of punk, goth, and rockabilly. The Brisbane lads; Papa Crypt (Lain Draven) on Guitar / Vocals, Big Lom (Lom Thomas) on Upright Bass / Vocals and Matty Riot (Matt Bales), have started to carve out their own fast-paced, hard hitting, macabre mix of madness, which in itself is a feast for the senses with killer riffs, soaring vocals and a bass slap that would rattle the bones of the dead. When these fellas aren’t making music, they enjoy the odd tipple at local craft breweries, a good bit of American BBQ and 2 of them even cut hair for a living!

Photo: Ummagummamumma Photography

Recently, I sat down with The Crypt Daddies and found out their list of 12 local businesses to get behind this Christmas.

Bare Knuckles BBQ is exactly what Brisbane needed – a traditional low n’ slow wood fired BBQ Smokehouse + Coffee & Dessert Shop. Once operated as a ‘pop-up’ food truck, owners (and all-round legends), Jamie and Kirsten Day have moved operations to Salisbury and have a full-fledged smoker and diner set-up, dishing up some of the finest Brisket, Ribs, Wings and Mac n Cheese you’ll come across. We definitely rate Bare Knuckles BBQ as a top spot for a lunch or dinner date.

Photo: The Bare Knuckles BBQ Set-Up (image supplied)

Carina Barber Shop have masters of the fade since 1986. Voted the Best Barber in Brisbane by The Courier Mail in 2019, the Carina Barber Shop team; Theo, Adele and our Upright Bassist Lom, are all expertly trained in a wide range of boy’s and men’s cuts, styles and beard care – getting the job done right for an affordable price. Located conveniently on Old Cleveland Road (right near the old tram line), this dream team run a tight and busy ship 6 days a week (Monday-Saturday) and are certainly worth a visit for your next cut!

Photo: Theo, Lom and Adele of Carina Barber Shop (image supplied)

This Ipswich-based family owned tattoo shop features more amazing local talent than you could poke a stick at. From traditional to fine line artwork, they provide nothing but the best in creating the perfect piece. Nailz and his wife Ange are beautiful people who personally cater to their clients and make sure you leave feeling proud of the tattoos and piercings you’ve always wanted!

This is an online store with a difference. Elli-Jay Custom Tumblers creates handmade resin art on everyday items including water bottles, travel mugs, stubby holders, wine glass and much much more – with each piece being a personal one-off item. The owner steps out of her way to support other local businesses and provide support for those around her in the scene. We really recommend that you check her out for some awesome and simply unique pieces!

Since the first time our Upright Bassist Lom (and his Partner, Nat) visited Helios Brewing Co., he hasn’t stopped raving about it! One of the newer players in the craft beer game, Helios has been specifically designed to be water and power efficient (yay for environmentally friendly beer!), to deliver a range of top-notch, Greek-inspired sustainable (and bloody delicious) craft beer made with local and fresh ingredients. Plus the staff at Helios including Owner Scott and Venue Manager Jaxon are some of the loveliest, most genuine and accommodating people we’ve ever met. The two-level set-up at Helios is perfect for weekend beers with the crew!

HT Barber Shop located in Brookside Shopping Centre is a bit of new school meets old school – very much like our main man Lain – who’s recently started his Barbering journey there! With Huss and Hayden at the reigns, HT will take care of all your needs from fades, to pompadours, and even the odd mullet or two, so be sure to swing by and say hello to the team!

For a Drummer, this place is just like heaven! Just Percussion is Brisbane’s pro Drum and Percussion specialists offering retail services as well as Orchestral and Concert Percussion hire and a music school. Catering for everything a drummer need whether you’re looking to change skins, need new cymbals or kicks or just want to upgrade your set-up. The team are people you can trust for the best advice and offer affordable pricing for everything drums – definitely a store that is a cut above the rest.

Photo: Drum heaven awaits at Just Percussion (image supplied)

If you haven’t checked this bar out yet, why the hell not? King Lear’s is an incredible ‘hole in the wall’ style venue located on the main drag in Fortitude Valley. Great beers, great bands, and great people. We’ve got a bit of a soft spot for the joint – we played our 3rd show ever here after all! Owner Kenny and bar legends Ryan (affectionately known as Red Jesus) and the Matt’s (Day and Muscari – from the Crowbar days!) are some of the nicest, most genuinely caring people you will ever meet. Get in and have a drink and a chat – you won’t regret it tonight (but maybe you will tomorrow…!)

Photo: The Gig Poster from our King Lear’s show back in January – were you there? (image supplied)

If you want a rehearsal studio that has great sized rooms, is affordable, has cold air conditioning and sounds fantastic (honestly, what’s worse than trying to practice and all you can hear is sound bleeding through another room?) then Red Star is the place for you! We rehearse here almost every week and absolutely love it (as evidenced below from a day in the Studio back in July!) Dylan is an incredibly humble, down to earth fella with a wealth of knowledge in just about everything you’d need to know when in the studio. Plus, the vending machine has beer, strings, and sticks – how sweet is that?! Do yourself a favour and check ‘em out for your next practice session!

Photo: Ummagummamumma Photography

Hidden away in a line-up of corrugated iron industrial sheds of a bygone era, Relove is a funky mecca of vintage, antique and retro furniture, homewares, paints, toys, bric-a-brac, fashion and of course stacks and stacks of both old school and new release VINYL (and CDs too!) and features an in-house coffee lounge too. With two levels of absolute goodness to search through, there’s never a shortage of wicked finds to keep you busy. The team keep their online store updated regularly too and are definitely one of the best kept secrets in Brisbane!

This place is Brisbane’s newest hidden gem if you’re into the retro side of life. With stacks of clothing, vinyl, jewellery and many one-off pieces and items from days of old, the store has something for everyone and is a must visit if you’re in the City! Plus, the Owner (the lovely Kirstin) has been at a majority of our shows and supports our music in so many ways – she more than deserves a special mention for all the love and good vibes she sends our way.

Photo: Retro World Collective fully stocked for all your holiday needs! (image supplied)

This place is definitely one to check out for all things equipment / instrument related. Located in the Homezone Windsor complex, they offer some of Brisbane’s best deals on big brand name gear. It’s always a pleasure stopping by to pick up last minute supplies, window shop for the next investment and have a chat with Owner, Mark Richter, about what’s new! Revolution Music Store is that ever professional service with a cheeky smile that you need in a music store.

It was definitely a challenge for the fellas to cut their list to only 12 – but these businesses are just some of the many wonderful people and places they support and recommend across our local community. Remember to support your locals this Christmas after this hell of a long and kinda shitty year!


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