It’s a little overwhelming to try to capture the wonder that is Footscray Community Arts Centre in a couple of links. The team at FCAC produces something like 1800 separate activities a year. I was there one afternoon and was able to participate in a ukulele jam, see two (one, two) moving gallery exhibitions in honor of NAIDOC week*, watch a film by one of Australia’s most famous photographers AND have a glass of wine.
I was a little overwhelmed and brain-dead from all my conference days while I was visiting FACAC, so I didn’t have the wherewithal to track down the Hackkets – who were rumored to be somewhere nearby. They were on break from rehearsing in the basement recording studio, and I stupidly said “Nah, it’s alright. I don’t need to meet them.”
Dumb, dumb, dumb.
I’ve since been to their Bandcamp page and downloaded their FREE debut single “Mexico / LA.” It’s a fun jam telling the story of one of the band members’ first trip in an airplane. Vocals are great, production is great, lyrics are great, melody won’t get out of my head. Obsessed. I understand there’s a 12 tune album on the way!
The Hackkets are an all-abilities* band who started playing together over ten years ago. A couple of years ago, Melbourne-based musician and producer Robin Waters joined the group. After learning the Hackkets had never released any recordings, he has been helping to rectify the situation and this first single is the most immediate result.
– Download the Hacketts single for FREE here
– See what else Robin Waters is up to
– Read more about Footscray Arts Center here
– Another (very different) US band made up of folks with diverse abilities who have published music: is The Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble
*NAIDOC week… From the website:
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.
NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
*”All-abilities” means some members have disabilities of one kind or another, some don’t.