Kill The Music, a true independent record store in Brisbane, is closing its doors for good on January 5th. This is a huge bummer, but now is the time to celebrate the existence of the store instead of mourning its demise.
Store owner, friend, and all-round good guy Paul Voge has this to say about the legacy of Kill The Music:
So, I’m not a big talker about my personal shit when it comes to the shop. But the crazy amount of “love” we have received over the past 12 hours is nuts.
I can’t thank you all enough for giving a shit about this store that has been a HUGE part of my life over the last 7 years. But working the 3 jobs to keep the shop going is just too much for me too handle financially and mentally…keep in mind I’m an old man now. I would love to keep going for another 70 years but we can not afford to make this a reality and this makes me sad and I am sorry.
But this shop made it for 7 years! 7 fucking years!! We had no help from anyone but the “punk rock” community. When we opened record labels in Australia wouldn’t deal with us, ticket companies wouldn’t deal with us, hell even QMusic sent emails to people saying not to support our store…for real!!. (I should post that email one day haha)
But we changed our whole plan and just dealt with people like us, people who gave a shit about the music they were dealing with and the people that they dealt with. Whether that be local Brisbane bands, venues or labels or places all around Australia. Even the distro’s we have been working with in Europe in America that help us get the records or shirts or whatever in your hands.
And “your hands” are pretty much the main part of any store surviving, whether it be for 7 days or 7 years. As cliche as it sounds, it’s true…”without customers who care you are fucked”. And we happened to have some of the best ever and I can not thank you enough. Some of you have spent hundreds or thousands of dollars here…I am forever thankful to you, a lot more than you know. Thank you.
So we all need to be happy that we made it this far. On paper a punk rock store in Brisbane city should last a year and then become a statistic, but with the help of a million awesome people we lasted for what feels a lifetime. So be stoked that we were around, I know I am. As much as the last 6 months have been very stressful for me and my family we are so thankful for the opportunity that Brisbane gave us to be a store. I know my daughter will miss Kill The Music the most, she thinks it a great place for “hide n seek”
So we are going to go out on a happy note, we have some new shirts coming in, some new records…we have New Found Glory doing a signing here tomorrow from 4pm (their 3rd one here). Come in, say hi, buy a sticker a poster, a record..whatever…it all helps us work at getting all the debts we owe closer to one day being gone.
Go show the store some love at their Facebook, or better yet in person (if you can).
RIP Kill The Music, 2006-2014
There will be more of a write up about the store soon, now isn’t the right time though. Come in, say hi, buy a record or shirt and celebrate the store. I know I’ll be making the most of my last shifts there.