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Homebodies -
Staying In with Jack and Bill Golding
from Johnston Street
Words by James Lynch
Friday 9th October, 2020

It probably would’ve been sacrilegious not to have Jack and Bill Golding on for a round of Homebodies. The minds behind Johnston Street, these two might be the most unsung heroes of the Melbourne music community. They’ve spent the last three years loyally documenting almost everything that goes on in the underground scene, and created a huge support network for bands and punters alike.

Especially now as live music has dried up, Johnston Street has been keeping the dream alive, with plenty of live clips, photos and updates, and if I’m being completely honest, a whole heap of absolute shit-posts too.
Here's what Jack and Bill have been doing with their downtime lately.

What are you reading?
Jack: COVID has been a blessing for reading. I have read more books this year than the last decade! I am reading self-help books which is nothing new for me. In the past I'd read these books to add knowledge and techniques to improve my career or life. The difference this is now is I am inspired to become a more grounded by removing thoughts that do not serve me. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is the last book I read. I’m currently reading Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Bill: The Champions Mind by Jim Afremow - a book on sports psychology - and The Complete Guide to Modern Massage by Ryan Jay Hoyme. Title says it all.

What are you watching?
B: I’ve watched virtually every single MMA fight that's aired this year, it's definitely become my new obsession. Can't wait to start training jiu-jitsu in Collingwood when my gym reopens. I've also been supporting Australia in the League of Legends World Championships, but we just got eliminated by China so I didn't do a very good job.

What are you listening to?
J: Here is the local stuff I am listening to:

Beyond The Floor – Geld (2020, hardcore punk), Children of Finland Fighting in Norway – C.O.F.F.I.N (2020, rock), Demo – Punter (2020, hardcore punk) Paid Salvation – A. Swayze & The Ghosts (2020, rock), Pontianak - Lái (2020, hardcore punk), Talk to Me – Elsie Lange (2020, folk-rock), Wasteland – Destrends (2020, post-punk) and Whose Line is it Anyway – Private Function (2020, punk).

Looking forward to the new Liquid Face and Stiff Richards albums which come out in October!

B: Pretty much exclusively psytrance and power metal, two of my all-time favourite music genres. The last week though I've had C.O.F.F.I.N's latest album on repeat daily, it's all killer no filler.

Anything happening in the kitchen?
B: Yeah that's where I charge my phone so I can order Ubereats.

What’s keeping you busy?
J: Originally it was massive walks but I injured myself and I haven’t been making the most out of the two hours a day. I started a new job managing a national team and I’ve been lecturing at university for most of the lockdown. It is odd to work somewhere for months without meeting another staff member in person. I am very grateful to be working though and my new team are fantastic.

B: For the first time in a while I’m really enjoying NOT being busy. After challenging myself with many different projects & hobbies I'm just relaxing, it's good to take the foot off the gas every once and a while. Yoga and video games get me where I need to go.

Anything you’re doing differently?
J: Practising a lot of grounding exercises. Reading a lot of different texts helps here because it can take a few times for ideas to stick. Guided meditation, journaling and breathing exercises (Wim Hof) have been massive for me. There are plenty of free apps or YouTube videos out there for those.

B: Not letting other peoples expectactions drive my sense of self worth. Recently social media has been making me very anxious and think the worst of people, so taking a break from that has been extremely rewarding.

What’s the worst isolation idea you’ve had so far?
J: Buying airpods when I have white sheets, no joke I lose them every single day.

B: Every single time I've ordered Gelato & Pizza while drunk, then spent the next 12 hours crawling from bedroom to bathroom.

What’s something keeping you inspired?
J: I am so grateful to have amazing relationships with my close friends. Attending 230 odd gigs last year meant that I didn’t nurture my closest relationships. My attitude was always I will attend the “best” show on that night and hang out with whoever this there. So even though I have a massive network I never hung out with anyone or got to know them beyond "Tote banter". Isolation for me is a chance to connect with people on a much closer level which I love. Catching up with friends on sunny day in Edi Gardens makes my heart sing with joy.

B: I've been listening to a lot of David Goggins talks and videos, he's fantastic if you need help motivating & improving yourself, heavily recommend googling him.

Best ways to support the community at the moment?
J: Write a review for your favourite venues on Google or Facebook. This helps them HEAPS to improve their search visibility for when things open up again.

B: The most important thing is always being kind and appreciative. It's very rarely spoken about but everybody has an expectation of how many reacts a post is going to get before they make it and they base the art’s worth and people's perception almost solely on that. Everyone feels very fragile and exposed when they put their work out there and with social media being the only way to receive validation for that right now, a like and a share really goes a long way.

How can we support you?
B: By supporting yourself and your immediate friends and family. Look out for the signals that your mates aren't doing well and give them some kind of gesture that you still care and appreciate them, even if we can't do that the usual ways at the moment.

It's all about the ups and downs so if you're down ask for help, and if you're up look how to share that positive energy with those dear to you.
Keep up to date with Jack and Bill by following Johnston Street below.