It’s a mere week until Ausmusic T-Shirt Day – part of November’s AusMusic Month celebrations, in which we give our thanks and praise to our Aussie musos as well as all the incredible workers in their orbit: managers, tour and venue crew, promoters, bookers, and all the other legends in the music industry rainbow!
As y’all are well aware, it’s been a particularly tough time for our music community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ausmusic T-Shirt Day is the perfect opportunity to show off your duds while raising money for Support Act’s invaluable crisis relief fund, which operates with support from Triple J and ARIA.
Over the last year-and-a-half, Support Act has handed out millions of bucks in Crisis Relief Grants to music workers who have been struggling financially. The group have received thousands of applications, and get this – anyone who meets the criteria qualifies to receive a grant, because they’re not competitive. How brilliant is that?
Here’s how it works: Sign up for Ausmusic T-Shirt Day at the official site, recruit your friends and fam to your fundraising team, and organise your undeniably awesome outfit. Then, on Ausmusic T-Shirt Day – that’s November 19, people – post a photo in your t-shirt to your socials using the hashtag #ausmusictshirtday while also tagging @supportact @triple_j @aria_official.
If you don’t have an Oz music tee, there are a ton of places you can go online to get one – and did you know JB Hi-Fi is one of those spots? You can even head in-store the day before, if you’re a Last-Minute Larry.
Here are four classic bands JB are repping in the apparel department – get around ’em!
If you’re going to go proper classic, what could be moreso than a shirt proclaiming your endless adoration for Oz’s biggest rockmen? Next year will be 40 sun-laps since Angus Young and his late brother Malcolm began AC/DC, and the Grammy-winning Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers remain one of the country’s most lauded acts.
And, yep, this is four shirts – but this selection is only about half the AC/DC shirts JB have on offer! There’s also a bright yellow PWR/UP one, a “Signature Bon Scott” one, and one celebrating the ’79 Highway to Hell US tour. Show your love for Angus ‘n’ pals!
Our Kylie: she sparkles, she sasses, she sings like a seraph. Who wouldn’t want to channel some of that boundless brilliance in t-shirt form?
This shirt depicts the cover of Kylie’s fourth album, Let’s Get To It (1991). It was full of the hip hop, dance-pop and R’n’B influences that comprised the ‘new jack swing’ genre popular in the early ’90s, and ushered in a newfound creative control from Minogue herself. The cover image, snapped by German fashion photographer Jurgen Teller, also signalled a new chapter: Kylie had never looked so edgy, and many consider this iconic aesthetic – including the dress Kyles wears, which was designed by Nobuhiko Kitamura for Japanese brand Hysteric Glamour – to be the first incarnation of ‘sexy Kylie’.
The Amity Affliction
Queensland metalcore lords The Amity Affliction have more than earned their place in any collection of classics; they’re coming up to 20 glorious years together, captained by the unbreakable bond that knots together clean vocalist and bassist Ahren Stringer, and lead vocalist Joel Birch.
This shirt features the gorgeous “tattoo girl” artwork that was released to accompany the band’s mega-hit All My Friends Are Dead, the lead single from their 2020 album Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them. The album hit #2 on the ARIA charts, and made it to #7 and #5 on the US Billboard Independent and Rock Albums charts, respectively. Not bad for a few fellas from Gympie.
Fun fact: Joel Birch’s first ever tattoo was a “sh-tty star” on the inside of his right forearm. “It’s still there, and it still sucks,” he said in 2014. Maybe it’s lasered off now…?
He may be a born Scotsman, but peel back Barnsey’s tartan and you’ll find his heart beats with the deepest rhythms of Oz! Not to mention, of course, his band Cold Chisel are amongst our most decorated and beloved groups in existence.
Check out this tee depicting vintage art from the group’s massive The Last Stand album and documentary film, which covered the band’s final live performances before they broke up in 1983. The shows were held on December 12, 13, 14 and 15 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre – precisely ten years after their first live appearance as Cold Chisel in Adelaide – and the resulting film and record became a phenomenon. The film in particular was critically acclaimed, and featured short interviews with Jimmy, Ian, Steve, Phil and Don as well as their managers, audience members, and thoughtful reflections from Midnight oil’s Peter Garrett.
Good luck in choosing your favourite Aussie music tee, and merry AusMusic Month!