Clowns (Band) are a punk band from Melbourne, Australia. I remember when they first contacted me from a Windows Live email address asking if they could use one of my photos for their vinyl insert because I had taken the only photo of their bass player where his face was visible. Since then, we’ve been all over Australia together. Many of my best times as a photographer have been with Clowns. They’re just the best.
Not sure why I keep writing (Band) after I write Clowns? Because it helps people discover them when they’re looking for good music.
Clowns band have been going strong for over nine years. They’ve released three acclaimed records that blend a variety of genres within the broader category of punk. Clowns have destroyed stages all over the world through hundreds of tours and finding a huge following in Europe particularly. Regardless of their attention, their DIY strategy keeps them grounded and charged with energy and hunger.
So where did the band name ‘Clowns‘ come from? From some of the most hated people in the entertainment industry, depending on who you are – clowns.
In the leadup to their third album, Lucid Again, they released their single Destroy The Evidence and did a tour for it. Probably one of the messiest shows I’ve been to, right up there with the Halloween show at Crowbar Brisbane. That’s one thing Clowns are particularly known for – crazy, intimate shows. Like when Stevie jumped off the roof at the 4ZZZ Carpark. Or when they played on a boat.