Tuesday, January 03, 2012


Rubberneck is new photography zine all about the rock and roll nightlife in Austin. It was created by Renate Winter and Jon Chamberlain, two local photographers who became friends when they began seeing each out at various shows around town. Their inspiration to launch the zine came from a desire to spread the word about some of their favorite bands. Many of those bands play frequent gigs on Red River and at Beerland in particular, including A Giant Dog, Riverboat Gamblers, John Wesley Coleman III, the Flesh Lights, the OBN IIIs, ELVIS, and many more.
From the article on austin360.com:
Talking with Winter and Chamberlain, it's clear that the two are music fans first. Though they come from very different backgrounds — Winter is from Sweden and has lived in a few different American cities; Chamberlain moved from his hometown of Chicago — they have similar stories about how they ended up living in Austin. In short, they both got hooked on a town where it's possible to see music every night of the week.
The first issue of Rubberneck was a 25-page, print-only run of 300 copies, carried locally at Antone's Records, End Of An Ear, Trailer Space Records, Waterloo Records, Breakaway Records, and Domy Books. The foreword for the inaugural issue was written by Matador Records co-owner Gerard Cosloy, whose Casual Victim Pile compilations have focused on Austin bands. For he 3rd and most recent volume, Rubberneck covered Gonerfest in Memphis. 

You can order copies at www.rubberneckzine.com. Each issue has also been accompanied by a compilation of songs from the bands featured, and you can hear the  compilations on the Rubberneck Bandcamp. Each song contains a link to where the music can be purchased.

Rubberneck is presenting a Free Week show at Red 7 on Thursday, January 5th with A Giant Dog, Grand Champeen, Wes Coleman, ELVIS, and Grape St.