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January 3, 2009 by Felicity Cull

Shaking fist

Every time I see this photo, it reminds me not only of how good 'Motherfucker from Hell' is live. It also reminds me how important it is to feel safe at the clubs, pubs and venues of a city. At this particular gig, Metropolis Fremantle's security strong armed my friend whose fist is captured in this picture, down the stairs while she was trying to get a CD signed after the band's last encore. She is a tiny person and as three huge burly men 'escorted' her down the stairs, they caused bruises all up and down this arm which only ten minutes earlier was raised in enjoyment of the music.

With all the drink spiking, the sleaze, the men (and women) who think violence should work hand in hand with a night out, I am sometimes surprised that anyone at all ventures out to the various clubs, pubs and gigs dotted about Perth at night time. But every week, women and men seek out music in many different places. Some of these venues are big, some are small. Some have easy going security and loud speakers; some are battling noise restrictions as the suburban sprawl winds an ever tighter band around the centre of the city. Some of these venues employ security guards that are as much of a danger as anyone in the crowd. People still turn up, week after week, in long hot summers and rainy winters. Their fandom overcomes fear. This is what this photo captures.

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