The Slaughtermen's rousing rendition of "God's Not Dead" at the Caravan Music Club. This song was their first ever single released by Bruce Milne's Au Go Go Records, way back in June of 1986. ㋡


The Slaughtermen began back in 1984 in a beat up bar in Port Melbourne called The Rising Sun Hotel. There were three people and a dog the first night they played. Within a month the place was packed to the rafters with the curious, the hip, those in the know, and those who just wanted to be there to hear the apocalyptic “God’s Not Dead” pounded out on the wooden stage with that Hazel Motes kind of religious fervor that is the Slaughtemen trademark. Within a year the band had become an underground cult sensation, where it largely remains still. Today, the band plays on, with the original members. Mark Ferrie, bass, Andrew Pendlebury, guitar, Terry Doolan, guitar, Des Hefner, drums, and Ian Stephen vocals. To see the Slaughtermen play is to see something special, and rare, since the band has played few live shows in the past twenty years.

The band’s last Melbourne performance was in 2012, and now The Slaughtermen are back for one show at the Caravan Club on Saturday 24th August with the original line-up. If you’ve never seen the band, you’ll probably never see anything like it anywhere else, so make sure to be there for a special appearance by one of Melbourne’s legendary “cult” acts.

With a bunch of memorable and classic songs such as Jesus Saves White Trash, When the Roll is Called Up Yonder, Love Will Roll the Clouds Away, and God’s in the Business, along with secular favorites like Lonely Too Early, She Thinks I Still Care, and I Hate You, The Slaughtermen cover all bases with equal intensity and some might even say religious fervor. If you’re not carried away to the Promised Land just a little with the band’s signature tune, God’s Not Dead, then you are probably not in the land of the living, although it is a fact, spirits will be raised for sure.

While there is no guarantee of a religious experience, you definitely will get a little joy in your soul from spending an evening with some of Melbourne’s finest and grizzled veterans. A truly unique group. In entire world, from Melbourne to Memphis, to Mecca, and beyond, there has never been, and probably never will be anything like the Slaughtermen. You really should plan to be there, you might just witness a miracle.

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