Breaking up the family: Family Values play their last gig

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Local Punk/Hardcore band, Family Values will play their last show at The Commons Cafe in Beaumont Street, Hamilton on the 21st of February. We chatted with Spencer Scott from the band about the band and why they’ve decided to call it quits. 

Why is now the right time for Family Values to pull up stumps? 

Some things are unpredictable, but in the end they’re right (We see what you did there – Dan). I think we were reaching a point where it stopped being the maximum amount of fun it could be, as well as everyone in band wanting to spread out and try playing in some other bands. Plus, we got to play a show with Propagandhi, so we had already peaked.

Family Values is such a different sound from what you’ve created in your solo work. What was the attraction to the short, fast loud songs you guys have become known for?

I’ve always been really into punk rock, way before I ever picked up an acoustic guitar. When I was in High School I really got into all sorts of punk bands, and definitely spent a lot of my weekends watching local bands at The Loft Youth Venue (RIP). The Loft is where I met Nic and Dru, so the band kinda formed out of going to gigs there. We played in different formations of the band for about two years, but when we got Tegan on board everything clicked.

Tell us about the other bands on the bill for your final show.

When we started organizing it, we all pretty much had the same bands in mind. All these bands made up of our friends, so choosing them was easy. I think the show is going to have a cool house show vibe, because it’s going to be all mates. Dog Act are one of my favourite Newcastle bands, and we went on a little tour with them last year, they’re a horror-punk band that give it 100%. Rort Menace are from Swansea and primarily consist of underage members, they’re so bloody great, they put out an EP last year that is a must have. Suburban Haze are also really cool, and they’re songs are really intense. It’s a great lineup!

You guys have always produced great art to promote your shows. Tell us about the imagery that has surrounded the band.

We’ve always been really into the 80’s Hardcore scene in the US, which produced some phenomenals bands that had great visual styles to them. When coming up for ideas for gig posters, we definitely wanted something that was similar to that style. Our mate Ethan Collinson drew all out best ones, and I am pretty sure most of the time we basically said “draw something cool and put the details at the bottom”. The one he did for our gig at the Silk Bar is still my favourite, it’s a lad slicing the throat of a Silk worm, hahaha.

What’s next for you personally?

I’m going to keep plugging along with all the acoustic singer/songwriting stuff, but there will be a new band popping up at some point. I’ve got a Split 7” w/ Georgia Maq that is about to come out. Also I will be going to check out Nic’s new band Pesci, and Dru’s band Chateagow.

WHAT: Family Values last gig
WHEN: 21st of February
WHERE:  The Commons Cafe in Beaumont Street, Hamilton

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