Review

Review by The Sycamores The Sycamores

19 Jan 2017

50

It's not often remarked upon now, but Bagster used to go by the name "Ster" for the first few years of their existence. I was a huge fan back then, and used to make sure I always caught the show whenever they played within an hour's drive of our town.

Well one day, I was lucky enough to snag some tickets to a big festival Ster were playing at in Sydney. A bunch of us...

It's not often remarked upon now, but Bagster used to go by the name "Ster" for the first few years of their existence. I was a huge fan back then, and used to make sure I always caught the show whenever they played within an hour's drive of our town.

Well one day, I was lucky enough to snag some tickets to a big festival Ster were playing at in Sydney. A bunch of us roadtripped down and spent the night at someone's cousin's house, and on the day itself we made sure to get to the stage an hour before they went on and work our way up to near the front.

They played a few songs, and then the lead guy kind of paused the show. He said he had a special treat in store for us - a magic trick - and asked whether anybody in the audience had a bag. Obviously I went crazy yelling and waving my hands, and they called me up onto the stage along with my frayed Billabong school bag.

He confirmed with me and to the audience that he'd never met me or seen my bag before, and that the bag was just a normal bag and had not been tampered with. He then had me hand it to him, and tipped its contents onto the stage dramatically (it pretty much just had my hoodie in it and a plastic water bottle.) They then had a couple of roadies wheel a big coffin type of box on stage, and put my bag inside of it. The lead Ster dude waved his hands and said some magic words, and then some pyrotechnics exploded, to the roaring approval of the audience. When the smoke cleared and they reopened the box, my bag was gone, and I was clapping just as hard as everybody else.

I was ushered off by security as the band resumed its set (they actually started playing Skeletons, I think), and I was obviously expecting to be taken backstage and given my bag back. Instead, they led me to the exit. I waited around for a bit, thinking that someone from Ster's management or something would come out at any moment to give me my bag back, but eventually I got impatient and approached the security guards to ask about it. They told me they couldn't let me in without a pass, and acted like they didn't know what I was talking about. When I tried to push my way in, they threatened to have me thrown out of the festival. I gave up, and decided that I'd probably never see my bag again. But boy was I wrong.

The following day, Ster announced that they would be holding a press conference in an hour. This was in those pre-Facebook, pre-Spotify days, so most of the then-vibrant Australian music press quickly assembled, and it was broadcast live on Rage.

The boys walked out to the flash of a hundred camera bulbs, and I saw that the lead guy was holding something familiar - my bloody backpack. He waved his hand to silence the chattering throng of press, and boomed in his commanding baritone:

"As of today, Ster...is dead. Long live...BAGSTER!". He held my bag aloft, triumphant.

The crowd gasped, and begun muttering excitedly, scandalised but intrigued. I was so angry watching it on TV, but there was nothing I could do about it.

I used to fantasise about confronting them at one of their gigs and demanding my bag back, but I'd never get the chance. That press conference was the start of their meteoric rise, and they'd never play any venue smaller than an arena after that. To my chagrin, I'd often see footage from their concerts shown on the news, and without fail one member of the band was ALWAYS wearing my bag on their back. A friend of mine told me he read a Rolling Stone article on it; apparently they wore that bag until it fell apart, and then ended the band then and there, never to play again. I try not to think about it, but even years later it still makes me mad. This is a pretty good song though.

More Less

Review

50

man is this song good, kind of annoyed cause i can't find any sign that this band still exists =/ cause their music is awesome. like a ballsier version of the cat empire

man is this song good, kind of annoyed cause i can't find any sign that this band still exists =/ cause their music is awesome. like a ballsier version of the cat empire

Review

DrJosh

05 Jun 2012

40

I love Bagster. They're a rockin' ska-punk band in the vein of Five Iron Frenzy or Mad Caddies and they're consistently great performers. This isn't my favourite track of theirs, but solid nonetheless.

I love Bagster. They're a rockin' ska-punk band in the vein of Five Iron Frenzy or Mad Caddies and they're consistently great performers. This isn't my favourite track of theirs, but solid nonetheless.

Review

Anysound

05 Jan 2010

50

Great track, reminds me of one of my favourite songs, Lonesome by Unwritten Law. Intresting use different instruments in the background with a great catchy sound for the chorus and riffs.

Great track, reminds me of one of my favourite songs, Lonesome by Unwritten Law. Intresting use different instruments in the background with a great catchy sound for the chorus and riffs.

Review

50

WOW! you guys have such an awesome sound! i think you all sound so talented and deffinately work it all together really well. love it, keep it up

WOW! you guys have such an awesome sound! i think you all sound so talented and deffinately work it all together really well. love it, keep it up

Review

djskein

10 Jan 2009

50

Keeping the ska dream alive! Much love to you guys!

Keeping the ska dream alive! Much love to you guys!

Review

djskein

10 Jan 2009

40

Good old-fashioned ska punk the way Nancy Vandal and Wiseacre used to make them. Top marks for keeping this genre alive and fresh.

Good old-fashioned ska punk the way Nancy Vandal and Wiseacre used to make them. Top marks for keeping this genre alive and fresh.

Review

50

Two words.... F**king Ace!!

Two words.... F**king Ace!!

Review

50

"Fuck you" to anyone that reckons that this style of music is dead! Top stuff lads!

"Fuck you" to anyone that reckons that this style of music is dead! Top stuff lads!

Review

gormie

21 Mar 2008

40

You Guys sound a lot like Mad Caddies very tight band keep it up

You Guys sound a lot like Mad Caddies very tight band keep it up

Review

jaxson

05 Oct 2007

50

The Theme of this Song is imaginative and very theatrical and you guys remind me alot of the band SYSTEM OF A DOWN!!!! excelent song and also congratulations on your win.

The Theme of this Song is imaginative and very theatrical and you guys remind me alot of the band SYSTEM OF A DOWN!!!! excelent song and also congratulations on your win.

Review

50

brilliant. kings amoungst men, ledgends in their own time. true magicians. they truly have urned my respect, my admiration and some sand.

brilliant. kings amoungst men, ledgends in their own time. true magicians. they truly have urned my respect, my admiration and some sand.

Review

oompa

19 Jul 2007

50

WOW ONE HELL OF AN AWESOME BAND!!! They really do know how to make great music.

WOW ONE HELL OF AN AWESOME BAND!!! They really do know how to make great music.

Review

dino_eriin

09 Jul 2007

40

Oh the brass in this is so lively it makes me grin from ear to ear! The vocals are sweet and smooth. This tune is generally catchy and bouncy. Listen to it.

Oh the brass in this is so lively it makes me grin from ear to ear! The vocals are sweet and smooth. This tune is generally catchy and bouncy. Listen to it.

Review

dondo

12 May 2007

50

Great quality recording, bright horn section began to tell the story, great vocal melody, guitar flicks and solos are impressive, there is a Melbourne band you guys should line up some gigs with called the King City Seven.

Great quality recording, bright horn section began to tell the story, great vocal melody, guitar flicks and solos are impressive, there is a Melbourne band you guys should line up some gigs with called the King City Seven.

Review

vixxtaa

29 Apr 2007

50

The kind of music u just wanna jump around to, or blast out of your car! A real mix of everything - fantastic!!!

The kind of music u just wanna jump around to, or blast out of your car! A real mix of everything - fantastic!!!

Review

sonjamaria

06 Apr 2007

40

gets me goin!

gets me goin!

Review

Caravelle

24 Mar 2007

50

Stop writing good songs - you make the rest of us look crap!

Stop writing good songs - you make the rest of us look crap!

Review

mohawk

12 Mar 2007

50

WOW!!!! a huge sound that rocks out hard...love it ppl..well done, like the way this track swings and changes...the use of diverse instruments and voices....top stuff

WOW!!!! a huge sound that rocks out hard...love it ppl..well done, like the way this track swings and changes...the use of diverse instruments and voices....top stuff

Review

EyeSpiral

06 Mar 2007

50

Geez that guitar sounds good. Such a tight outfit. Bagster can be hot and cold for me sometimes when I reflect on them... but there is no denying their talent when facing their fury on stage or on recording. They are a force.

Geez that guitar sounds good. Such a tight outfit. Bagster can be hot and cold for me sometimes when I reflect on them... but there is no denying their talent when facing their fury on stage or on recording. They are a force.