21.9 C
Byron Shire
October 20, 2021

Interview with Mario Fraietta of Howl & Moan Records

Latest News

One million homes to provide affordable housing say The Greens

Local Greens candidate Mandy Nolan is looking to wrest the federal seat of Richmond from Labor to claim the balance of power in the next Federal government. To do it she needs a five per cent swing.

Other News

Stranded local artist shares stories from India

Vrinda Gleeson prepared for her new exhibition in a small London bedsit where she is living until she can return to her Northern Rivers home.

Editorial: Clear as a muddled government

Good news! Local police will not be actively enforcing the government’s Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order 2021 when it comes to business activity – see NSW govt’s Health Order lacks clarity.

One new COVID case in Lismore and Local Health District venues of concerns

Northern NSW Local Health District says there has been one new case of COVID-19 reported for the are to 8pm 17 October.

Phone scam – Just.Hang.Up.

Crime Stoppers says that almost 90 per cent of Australians have received at least one nuisance or unwanted call every week

Iona Herbs

Pam Morrow from Iona Herbs is a one-woman-show. She has spent her whole life growing herbs and produce on...

Raucous AUKUS

Over the last 20 years or more, Australia has benefited greatly from its economic relationship with China. You may...

Store highlights have been hosting debut shows for local bands such as PAFF

Howl & Moan at Falls!

Howl & Moan Stage at Falls Festival |  31 Dec till 2 Jan  

Howl & Moan Records has become a Byron Bay institution for musicians and record lovers. Over the past few years owner Mario Salvatore Fraietta has fostered the grassroots northern rivers band scene, supporting emerging artists across a variety of genres. This year at Falls ten local bands reach an ever larger national audience with Fraietta curating a dedicated Howl & Moan stage. Mario spoke with The Echo about the big picture of Mario Fraietta.

Mario, what was the inspiration for setting up Howl & Moan Records? 

As a lifelong lover of music and collector of records, to delve into this passion all day every day and share it with like-minded people is an amazing opportunity. 

What is the ethos of Howl & Moan musicians? 

Originality, enthusiasm, a will to impress the audience; we don’t impose any restrictions!

You have transformed your shop into a vinyl lounge /music venue. How does that enhance the experience for musicians and music lovers? 

Most people have only ever heard compressed digital music (CDs, mp3, streaming) so when they sit down and actually listen to a vinyl record, they immediately hear more sound, more of the feeling the artist wants to convey in the manner they intend to through their track listing! The only thing better than a vinyl record is a live performance; when there is no barrier between audience and musician and no competing activities such as a bar or pokie room, the experience is magnified!

Is there an element of ‘nostalgia’ or a nod to the past with some of the music that you carry? 

Yes, totally, but music has always been about building blocks from the past, so without classical, jazz, or blues we would not have rock’n’roll, disco, funk, hip-hop, punk or heavy metal! Giving the listener a full range is essential.

What are your top 10 vinyl releases of all time?

1. AC/DC – Let There Be Rock

2. Magic Dirt – Signs of Satanic Youth

3. Rowland S Howard – Teenage Snuff Film

4. PJ Harvey – Rid of Me

5. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Let Love In

6. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation

7. Dirty Three – Horse Stories

8. You Am I – Sound as Ever

9. Blonde Redhead – In an expression of the inexpressible 

10. Abbe May – Howl & Moan

How many gigs have you hosted so far? What’s been the highlight? 

Close to 300 individual acts. The highlights have been hosting debut shows for local bands such as PAFF, No Parade, Dicklord, Float Therapy, and countless more! 

What have you got planned for Falls Festival? 

A non-stop musical experience, from some of the best local bands to visual artists and filmmakers; from when we take over the stage at around 5.30 each night we will have non-stop sound and visual action. I don’t think this has ever happened at a music festival and I’m super excited to have so many talented artists and musicians locally who will make this a reality!

So pop by the Howl & Moan stage if you are at Falls Festival to catch the best in northern rivers screaming punk and rock and punk rock. If you like your music full tilt, this is the stage for you – featuring Miniskirt, Stoker, Captain Squidlicker & The Sinking Ships, PAFF, Hobo Magic, Pineapple Lazer, From Crisis to Collapse, Demi Casha, Masochist, and Bedclub.

Falls Festival runs from 31 Dec till 2 Jan. For more info head to fallsfestival.com.au.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Locals gathering to object to burning forests, plastic, foils, and tyres for energy at Condong sugar mill

A public protest is taking place this Friday meet near the Condong sugar mill, north of Murwillumbah, at the big fig tree on Tweed Valley Way on Friday, 22 October at 10am to object to the burning of trees and ‘forest waste’ by Cape Byron Power to generate electricity at the Condong sugar mill.

Looking for men with osteoarthritis of the knee

Pain from arthritis can be debilitating and ‘is the most frequent cause of disability among adults in the developed world,’ says Professor Stephen Myers from Southern Cross University (SCU).

Teacher vax

Dear teachers and community members. I have recently received an email from within my school community that asks me to place my name on...

Biz smashed by new COVID-19 regime

It was proudly trumpeted as ‘Freedom Day’ by the State Government. But for much of the local business community in the Northern Rivers region, October 11 was anything but.