The battle of the ‘burbs: part one.

by Tara Emily

Melbourne is really a place for the weird and the wonderful – and lets face it, its why we freakin’ love it. However, it seems that war has broken out between the two specific areas where the weirdest and the most wonderful call home, St Kilda/Balaclava in the south and Fitzroy/Brunswick in the north. Both areas boast super trendy fashions, rockin’ music and damn good coffee – but is one really better then the other?

Its about time I settled the score once and for all and had a chat to both teams. Part one: Southside.



Every time I go out and take photos of people on the street I have this tinge of hope that I will find someone in a band whose music I can play on my blog. I found Lewi looking for his pay check on Carlisle st, and he belongs to a band called Vice Grip Pussies. Check them out below, and if you find that you love them, they are next playing at – ironically – the Brunswick Hotel on Sunday.

Mikey and Gary.

When I told these kids I was settling the war between the northside and the southside, they were very supportive of their home turf. Apparently, southside sports more culture, more lifestyle and the people are more laid back. As for the music that is driving them wild, Mikey is rocking out to the 2011 edit of Leave me alone by Neelix.

And Gary has been reminising Naughty by Nature’s Hip Hop Hooray – I must say, listening to this clip again made me smile.


Tali, lives and works in the southside, and has a frickin’ cool pair of glasses. While she says she loves the area, she happens to be running off overseas for a couple of weeks soon. lucky duck. She’s loving To Sexy and I Know it by LMFAO:


I found Romey busking on Ackland st – he played me a song that he wrote this song for his mummy, nawwww. Originally from Byron Bay, Romey chose lucky St Kilda to live in for the beach, the culture and the music scene. He frequants Ackland st with his music, if you are around swing past and have a listen, he is rather talented.

Xristi and Isobel.

I caught these beauties running off to the centre of St Kilda, probably to the St Kilda night markets, a feature that Xristi loves about the area. Velvet Undergound and Nico’s All Tomorrows Parties is making Xristi go wild, while Joy Division’s Novelty is pressing Isobels buttons.


I blew off my own brother to snap this lovely lady. Newly arrived to this fair city from Hong Kong, Cat loves the southside for the culture, music and fashion. I just cannot get enough of her shoes, they are just so amazing and unique. She showed me that she is emmersing herself into Australian music through the long list of local bands that frequant her Ipod. She ended up choosing Let’s Reggae All Night by Brazillian band CSS.

Gabe, Kelly and Bookie.

Back at The Wall in Balaclava, I found the hilarious Gabe, Kelly and Bookie enjoying the last moments of the afternoon. All three explained to me that they love the area because they are locals, its got action, and lots of diversity. Gabe, having just been to Meredith is still excited over Exploisions in the Sky, Check out their song The Birth and Death of the Day. Kelly is enjoying the Classical styles of Gustav Mahler, his Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp Minor is below. And last, but not at all least, Bookie is rocking out to Voltaire Twins’ Animalia.

Next week: Part two.