ISIS – no, not that ISIS, the seminal 1990s queer band ISIS from Brisbane – are getting the band back together for a full concert performance next month as part of the Brisbane Pride Festival.
The band became well-known in the 90s for their elaborately-staged shows, their genre-bending music and the voices of the band’s three singers, Lucinda Shaw, Rozi Pizzey and Toni Lawson.
Originally forming as a casual cafe trio performing satirical original folk songs tackling gender politics, feminism and queer sexuality, the band recorded and released their self-titled debut album in 1994. It became an underground favourite with tracks like “Masturbation Song,” “Belly Pain” and “Rap Against Rape” and the band became regulars at Brisbane Pride Festival events and fair days and toured nationally.
ISIS have only performed a few times since their 1998 split, including at a special concert celebrating radio station 4ZZZ’s 25th anniversary in 2000, but the group will return to their “spiritual home” at Fortitude Valley’s The Zoo nightclub for the special Pride Festival performance this September 9.
The band have also announced a remastered re-release of their debut album (pictured, below) is on the way.
Isis will perform with The Toothfaeries and Nikolaine Martin at The Zoo in Fortitude Valley on Friday, September 9. For more info and tickets, see The Zoo’s website.
Top photo by Clarissa Wilson-Bones, 1995 Group Photo by Victoria Hunt.