Musicians Christopher Windley and Mathias Northway made the decision to revamp the Melbourne venue and change the name to Shotkickers, a reference to the television show.
“Shotkickers is a band venue Marge visits where the men are super rowdy yet super gentlemanly, and it seemed like a great mantra,” Windley says. “I also love Simpsons shitposting so hopefully I can claim to own the biggest Simpsons meme in town.”
The decision was not all just for laughs, however. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the music industry hard within the last two years, so Windley and Northway hope this venue can alleviate some of the burden artists have faced.
“While reimagining the venue we’ve had the artist experience at the forefront of every decision,” Northway says. “Bands have had a rough trot of late and many incredible musicians live a stone’s throw away. We love the idea that bands could literally walk to the venue, backline is provided, booze is flowing and the sound system is top notch.”