Brunswick Ballroom's second birthday celebrations continue with dynamic live group - Private Function on Friday 3rd March.
They sold out the Forum Theatre, headlined the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and played to crowds of more than 10,000, and now Australian pub-rock firebrands PRIVATE FUNCTION have ended their two-year musical silence, returning with their first new music since 2020.
The follow-up to 2020’s incendiary Whose Line Is it Anyway, which stormed the ARIA charts, hitting #1, #2, and #9 on the vinyl, Australian, and worldwide charts respectively, Private Function’s third album is a lethal example of what the group are capable of when firing on all cylinders.
Recorded by Chris Wright at Collingwood’s Sunset Pig Studios (A. Swayze & the Ghosts, Obscura Hail, Full Flower Moon Band), mixed by Matt Duffy (Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, The Peep Tempel), and masted by Mikey Young (Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Total Control), the new record sees the band complementing their punk-rock roots by effortlessly shifting into the rock’n’roll space, flexing genres as they maintain their iconic sensibilities and look toward the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s for musical inspiration.
A powerful chapter in the story of a band who enjoy subverting expectations as much as they do blazing their own trail, their forthcoming release is pure and uncut Private Function, featuring blistering guitar solos, stadium-sized choruses, a brutal sense of musical intensity, and their customary influences appearing alongside names as diverse as Metallica, The Stooges, and – most surprisingly – Coldplay.
Having spent the better part of five years crafting a solid reputation as one of the country’s most explosive, unpredictable and essential live bands, Private Function are an outfit whose on and off-stage reputation precedes them at every turn.
Simultaneously combining their distinct brand of bratty humour and punk-rock irreverence with the majesty of rock and the pageantry of roll while continually poking holes in the genre, Private Function’s feverish following should come as no surprise to even a casual observer, with their devotees constantly riding the PF tsunami alongside them.
Indeed, Private Function might strive toward the intersection of rock, punk and satire, but their new body of work proves they’re not just a group that should be taken seriously, but that they’re – most importantly – still on top