The Bad Dad Orchestra and The Sleepyheads unite for Record Store Day

PRIMED: Mojo Music's Jamie Morrison, The Sleepyheads frontman Pat Broxton (back) and The Bad Dad Orchestra members Luke Young, Chris Bonner and Elliot Courtnage.

PRIMED: Mojo Music's Jamie Morrison, The Sleepyheads frontman Pat Broxton (back) and The Bad Dad Orchestra members Luke Young, Chris Bonner and Elliot Courtnage.

Usually filled with the sweet aroma of coffee beans, Mojo Music will be filled with the sweet sounds of two of Launceston’s manliest bands on Saturday for Record Store Day.

The Bad Dad Orchestra and The Sleepyheads will play at 2pm and 3pm respectively, with both bands set to bring stripped-back sets to those in store. 

The Sleepyheads frontman Pat Broxton said the gig was the perfect coming together of independent businesses and artists. 

“I think it’s really important to have independent stores running,” Broxton said.

“I always come here first over (chain stores) just because it’s something there aren’t that many of these days, so it’s good to keep them going.”

Broxton also issued some handy advice for Record Store Day first-timers. 

“It’s usually a really big day here on Record Store Day, they open at 8am and I’ve come down the last couple of years at 8 to get the good stuff because it goes so quick.

“If you’re not here in the first ten minutes all the best stuff is gone.”

Saturday will also mark a special day for The Bad Dad Orchestra, with the nine-piece releasing their EP on vinyl for the first time. 

Organist Elliot Courtnage said the band would likely have to get a bit creative to fit all nine members onto the Mojo stage. 

“We’ll figure it out,” Courtnage said.

“We’ll probably just be standing on top of each other and (vocalist Jimi Steele) won’t be able to strut around as much.

“I just stand still so I’m fine.” 

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