One punter on Reddit ditched Custard at Howler and made their way to the Croxton Bandroom to catch the gig.
In "Things That Make Life Worth Living For", TISM played a secret show at Melbourne's Croxton Bandroom on Saturday night.
Rumours of the anonymous synth-punk band playing their first show in 18 years spread over social media that day, with the Gigs You Missed Twitter account posting, "TISM 12 November 2022 Croxton Ballroom Now (rumoured)" at 9:30 pm that evening. On Facebook, the TISM Forever page wrote in a now-deleted post, "Sorry for the silence. I was specifically asked to be. Croxton Ballroom, two hours. Secret TISM show. Get moving." There was little warning for the show besides these posts; the band were billed as "Open Mic Tryouts" on the gig poster at the door.
The show was reportedly sold as $60 at the door, with fans taking the risk: "A mate told me at about 9 pm. I was at a gig (a good one) in Brunswick. Pissed off immediately on the chance. $60 entry, and I thought it worth the gamble," wrote a keen fan in the Melbourne subreddit. They ditched Custard at Howler and trekked over to the Croxton. Legendary belief in music and enthusiasm for secret gigs, if you ask us.
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Fans lucky enough to make it witnessed TISM open the show with The Art/Income Dialect and heard all the favourites, such as I Drive A Truck, Whatareya?, Greg! The Stop Sign!!, Saturday Night Palsy, Death Death Death Amway Amway Amway and Everyone Else Has Had More Sex Than Me.
At this stage, it's unclear whether the TISM reunion will initiate more headline shows, so fans better catch the Thunderbirds Are Coming Out group at Good Things Festival in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. Tickets are on sale now, but the festival dates are over 80% sold out, so be quick!
Last night, Good Things Festival announced a handful of new additions to the line-up, with the event taking place in just three weeks. Japanese metalcore group Paledusk, Melbourne heroes The Gloom In The Corner, Perth alt-rock duo Those Who Dream, Melbourne/Brisbane exclusive To The Grave, and Sydney/Brisbane only You Am I fill out the line-up. Following two out of three members recently leaving the band, Fever 333 have dropped off the festival.
TISM will perform at Good Things Festival this December; for tickets and more info, click here.
Check out footage of TISM playing their secret show below.