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Pub owners soon realised that providing live music (which was often free) would draw young people to pubs in large numbers, and regular rock performances soon became a fixture at many pubs.
In the early 1970s Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, Blackfeather, and Buffalo pioneered Australia's pub rock movement.
He noted The Angels had "a profound effect on the Australian live music scene of the late 1970s/early 1980s.
[They] helped redefine the Australian pub rock tradition ...
The venues were more often than not small and the crowds — alcohol-fuelled — were there for the experience rather than to see a "name band".
Thus, an emphasis on simple, rhythm-based songs grew.
With the sound in many of the rooms far from ideal for live music, an emphasis on a very loud snare and kick-drum and driving bass-guitar grew.
Guitarists tended to rely on simple, repetitive riffs, rather than more complex solos or counter-melodies.
The term came from the venues where most of these bands originally played — inner-city and suburban pubs.Their debut album, Dead Forever..., appeared in June the following year.According to Australian rock music journalist, Ed Nimmervoll, "The seeds for Australian heavy rock can be traced back to two important sources, Billy Thorpe's Seventies Aztecs and Sydney band Buffalo".The emergence of the Australian version of the pub rock genre and the related pub circuit was the result of several interconnected factors.From the 1950s to the 1970s, mainly because of restrictive state liquor licensing laws, only a small proportion of live pop and rock music in Australia was performed on licensed premises (mostly private clubs or discotheques); the majority of concerts were held in non-licensed venues like community, church or municipal halls.