Poletopra, Francis Plagne Band and Sean Baxter @ The Tote, 01/01/11

  • POLETOPRA (Anthony Pateras/Marco Fusinato)



THE TOTE HOTEL – 01/01/2011

71 Johnston Street (Cnr Johnston & Wellington), Collingwood

Hungover, brutalized by public stupidity? Can't remember what happened last night? That's OK! The Tote is open for business NEW YEAR'S DAY and POLETOPRA, FRANCIS PLAGNE and SEAN BAXTER will be sonically curing your injured synapses, with, well, possibly more injury!

POLETOPRA is the combination of visual art iconoclast MARCO FUSINATO (guitar/electronics) and all around composer/electronics whacko ANTHONY PATERAS (analogue synth) in searing duo format. Due to busy international schedules, local appearances are rare for this group, so what better way to continue the count down for the Mayans than with the sounds of apocalypse!

FRANCIS PLAGNE is the acclaimed pop introvert/ all around musical know-it-all who quietly entraps his audiences with delicate melodies and fragile arrangements. Joined with full band and strings, his live shows are a rare gem.

SEAN BAXTER is THE poet of Melbourne avant sound, and has been an on stage regular at the Tote since the early 90s in guises such as the Throwaways, Bucketrider, Embers, his duo Valerio Tricoli and SxSxSx. He even has a photo behind the bar. As head honcho of the Make It Up Club, his speeches are almost as famous as his internationally famous shitcore percussion stylez.

This is an all-star bill guaranteed to cleanse the mind and feed the ears on the day after humanity reaches its yearly low. What do you do on New Year's Day anyway?