Metal Magazine

Antipodean Rodeo

‘I went to most of the rodeos with a friend of mine, Robyn. At the ones we camped at, we’d drink wine from the bottle to get into the spirit of things while we set up our tent. I’d walk around for hours – from the arena to the ride-on bulls, to the food stalls, to the campsite, to the bar. I was always keeping an eye out for people who struck a chord with me, for whatever reason. Before each rodeo starts in Victoria, the Australian national anthem plays out over speakers above the arena. People stand up from their deck chairs and sing along, and cowboys and cowgirls ride past on horses with flags. After the competition finishes, champions mingle with the crowd, drinking beer and eating sausages in bread with onions.’