Located in a nook above FBi Radio, Troy Horse Studios has since 1988 been a breeding ground for some of the city’s best musical offerings. As of today, the studio will be closing its doors permanently, sending a wave of sadness across Sydney’s music scene.
Taking to Facebook earlier in the month, the venue announced it would be closing, thanking fans for “years of sweet tunes and spilt beers and soiled tofu.” They tease a new venture currently in the works but reveal little other than that.
Owner/operator owner Chris McBurnie spoke to TheMusic about his decision to pull up stumps. He says there’s no hard feelings, but the area is changing rapidly. “The area is growing dramatically and it’s no longer viable to stay here. Knew it would happen one day. No bitterness, just the way it is.”
McBurnie takes pride in the work he and his team achieved, explaining it was more than just playing with music, they were trying to create something themseleves:
“We’ve seen musical trends come and go, but the main thing we’ve always tried to provide is a creative environment where the writing and playing of music is fun, where everyone could be themselves and feel accepted no matter who they were or what they did.” If people have felt comfortable here, that is pretty awesome.”
Bluejuice’s Jake Stone also voiced his concern at the studio’s closing. Stone revealed Bluejuice had recorded there for a decade “When things like this happen, you realise time is moving on, and things have changed” be ponders.
Other bands to have filled its halls with sweet, sweet music include The Jezabels, Hoodoo Gurus, Birds of Tokyo, Ben Lee and Frenzel Rhomb.
Other than offering sound proof(ish) rooms to jam in, Troy Horse offered a a bevy of important services – Burning, printing, packaging, video production and design services, so their departure will definitely be felt.
Tnks Fr Th Mmrs, Troy Horse xx