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No Such Thing as Free Beer

by Roger Young, images by Kevin Goss-Ross / 25.01.2011

Never underestimate cheap drinks; you keep finding extra money in your pockets and assuming you’re not drunk yet, next thing you know you’re in a toilet cubicle trading make out sessions with an upholstered wrestler in exchange for cocaine. Friday night at the Winston was The Car Boot Vendors album launch as well as the unveiling of Free Beer #2. Aaaahh, Free Beer, what can be said about Free Beer; it’s a classic of modern literature featuring graphic short stories that embrace a sort of Dada-lite approach to drinking, vomiting and being rejected by society in general. It’s like Viz but less coherent. It’s a six-page comic that makes you wonder if you missed something; in short, a flop. Which is convenient as The Car Boot’s ep is entitled The Flop. Anyway, there were Free Beers being handed out to the pub scraps and hirstute as they arrived in their Wrestlemania outfits, to fit theme. Or rather they arrived in their interpretation of Wrestlemania outfits; this being The Winston meant there was a lot of boys in half hearted drag and one or two guys in face masks and capes. Only the best warm up DJ’s were allowed with Creepy Steve and Ballie Mike banging out tunes found only in the cheapest of pawn shops.

Free Beer

Just standing still in the Winston is like being smacked in the face with a freshly boiled sock. The Vendors take the stage fully clothed or as fully clothed as they can be under these conditions. Their acousticore is reminiscent of early Against Me! with less harmonies and craziness replacing the anger; so not really that much like Against Me! but, you know, punk rock with acoustic guitars. By this stage I had, of course, had too much cheap whiskey and didn’t focus my critical attention on the actual music (thank god someone is doing an EP review soon). But I was entranced by The Beard’s almost mystic like fervor, he’s a dervish of facial hair and popped out eyes; as he goes through the set he gets more and more manic and unhinged. It’s a total commitment to the moment, the loud shouty punk moment. Skollie plays the other guitar and (perhaps) the ukulele; his strange awkwardness and his blonde wig making him resemble the Little Mermaid‘s abused younger sister. Near the end of the set previous Vendors like Gay Ray and Ross Fenner guest as the acoustic mosh pit takes flight and Beard’s clothes start coming off. It’s around this point that memory fails me; for all I know I could have become an elephant ride. So, in true Mahala style, here are some pictures…

Car Boot Vendors - Free Beer

Car Boot Vendors - Free Beer

Car Boot Vendors - Free Beer

Car Boot Vendors - Free Beer

Car Boot Vendors - Free Beer

Car Boot Vendors - Free Beer

Car Boot Vendors - Free Beer

Car Boot Vendors - Free Beer

Car Boot Vendors - Free Beer

Car Boot Vendors - Free Beer

Car Boot Vendors - Free Beer

Car Boot Vendors - Free Beer

Car Boot Vendors - Free Beer

Car Boot Vendors - Free Beer

Car Boot Vendors - Free Beer

Car Boot Vendors - Free Beer

Car Boot Vendors - Free Beer

Car Boot Vendors - Free Beer

Car Boot Vendors - Free Beer

Car Boot Vendors - Free Beer

All images © Kevin Goss-Ross.

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RESPONSES (19)
  1. Max says:

    as someone ‘who is doing the ep review soon; i wish i had more pics by kevin to get the feel. roger, a soft one for u, why?

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  2. Kevin Goss-Ross says:

    I have some images for you max. What is your email, bitch?

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  3. Bc says:

    Pretty crap review but excellent pics. Kevin do you do a lot of post to get that grading or shoot for it?

    Roger. Have read about you getting drunk just too many times now.

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  4. Kevin Goss-Ross says:

    Thank you BC. I shoot for it. I obviously do post but it is limited to curves and quick touch ups.

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  5. tigerlily says:

    Roger Young Crash Course in Journalism:

    Good morning students. If you would like to be a successful journalist:

    1. Always get drunk before/during an assignment, ’cause that’s what HST did.

    That’s it really.

    Oh – and don’t forget to call yourself gonzo! that elevates your writing to the status of immediate hipster art.

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  6. Zaz Thunder says:

    What a jol, thanks guys!

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  7. moose says:

    supremely dope photos.

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  8. duranite says:

    Mad pix. Super like!

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  9. Ally says:

    God damn Kevin! Every motherfucking time!

    You’re golden, homie.

    PS: How’s a colour copy of the Green Man photo?

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  10. Roger Young says:

    @tigerlilly. I take offence at your use of “always”, you all know it’s only sometimes.

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  11. creepy steve says:

    “dada-lite” nice quip luckily we at free beer have a limited grasp of the english language, let alone art movements

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  12. 2c says:

    Jeez. Kevin Goss-Ross is blossoming. Never seen the Winston looking so good. The photos are in-fucking-sane. It has been really awesome seeing him grow as a voyeur. Would be interesting to sknow how much his equipment has changed in the past, say 3 years, and how much of an effect this has had on the quality of his images. He has always seemed to have had that third eye but the excecution was initially lacking. The above photos are the shit. I don’t know. Maybe I’m just gushing. I have no technical training but the gut punch of these images is pretty much Mike Tyson. And. I don’t even like the vibe of his Durban social underground elite clique that is responsible for much of the city’s published art and music.

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  13. dudie says:

    great pics!

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  14. Kevin Goss-Ross says:

    Jeeesus. I never thought anyone would say that I am blossoming. My god. Even though it makes me sound like a young lady ready to be deflowered, thank you. I’ve only owned equipment in the last three years. This is year four of owning a camera for me. A timeline would be interesting – maybe I’ll get on that. Sadly I haven’t had the money to buy new equipment since RAMfest last year. In fact I had two flashes fuck out in 2010, and I have now been forced to move on to crappy generic flashes because when you work for mahala, you get mahala. Oh well.

    Also, I never knew there was a “Durban social underground elite”. It is the Winston. Nothing about the Winston will ever be elite.

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  15. 2c says:

    Re: Underground elite
    Wish I could agree. But the fact remains. You get the popped collar cool kids at Cubana. You get the dirty tatooed cool kids at the Winston (and those, who are not named Jared Leto or Pete Wntz, that wear eyeliner for no apprent reason) You even get the dread head shoeless cool kids. And. As Mahala so oftenly laments. The ironic t-shirted, covered in plaid, skinny jeaned no socks with veldskoen cool kids. Every scene has the cool kids. But. I doubt you can deny. That when there are events where interests overlap…such as some pretentious art exhibition or some pop rock fest…and these cool kids gather in one room…one would struggle to differentiate. There vibes and jives be one no matter the skin. Alas. This be the way of the world and I am just an inconspicuous knob.

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  16. 2c says:

    Who has zero grasp of grammar or spelling

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  17. Dice says:

    Rog, nice work as usual, and I’m sure great to be back in the humidity. Drinking in Durbs is a different activity.
    Anyway you said all you needed to with such intense visuals.
    Un fuckin believable images Kevin.
    I’m going to hunt you down and use you.

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  18. Anonymous says:

    Boomslang is the shisniz when you gonna put more stuff like that on this site??/

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  19. Hunter says:

    That’s an inngilleett answer to a difficult question xxx

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